How do we fight terrorism at home?
Unlike America's past wars, the war on terrorism transcends traditional political boundaries. It is impossible to say that since we are fighting in the Middle East, we are safe at home. We have to reorient our perspectives on longstanding ideas of offense and defense, as we must practice both on a domestic and a global scale. At home, it is essential to secure buildings, borders, and other assets that are likely terrorist targets. At the same time, we must be proactive, seeking out those who would cause us harm and preventing them before they can be successful. This is a complex challenge that demands a complex response. The government alone cannot fulfill the dual demands of homeland security. The American people must assume some responsibility for their own safety and contribute their individual and collective strengths to the government's effort. Working together, we stand a much better chance of keeping our families and communities safe.
Federal, state, and local level action plans . . .
The United States has always been a nation of immigrants. The entrepreneurial courage of someone who would leave the country and culture they had always known to take their chances in a new world has greatly shaped the American experience. Our population has grown immensely since our founding, but we still welcome newcomers to our shores. Our commitment to an equal opportunity and equal treatment for all, with no consideration for ethnic background and place of birth, remains strong.
Of course, there are other people, those who would do us harm, who are not so welcome in the United States. Technological developments exercised alongside our own precious freedoms provide a lone actor with malevolent intent the tools required to cause immense devastation to the American homeland. Our law enforcement capabilities are poised to detect and prevent such an act before it could occur, but our resources are necessarily limited. It is much easier and safer to stop such individuals before they even enter our country. Preventing individuals with threatening backgrounds or a blatant disregard for our laws from entering the United States is an important step in preventing further attacks. Equally important is having an accurate record of who is here, for what reasons, and for how long, to assist in law enforcement investigations. This is not a question of keeping out those who are different or reserving the wealth of the United States only for those who are native citizens. A balance must be struck that respects the role of immigrants in our national culture and gives an opportunity at the American dream to as many people as possible, while preventing the entry or continued residence of those who would do us harm or disrupt our system of government.
NOVEMBER 27, 2015
It is heartbreaking at such a time of year to have to report this, but here we go. This is the world in which we now live.
The wealthy Arab-Islamic countries surrounding Syria aren’t taking refugees because of security concerns
NOVEMBER 26, 2015
On October 3, 1789, President Washington issued a proclamation that established “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer,” and called upon all people to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God.
by ABRAHAM LINCOLN
The proclamation speech that made finally made Thanksgiving a national holiday, celebrated annually on the same day throughout all the states.
by JENNIFER JAMES
"Shoot! If you can keep everything you make, of course you're going to work harder. Everybody knows that."
The origin of Thanksgiving has been blurred by popular myth, and even a hoax document. But the real story of Thanksgiving’s origin needs no myths to make it fascinating.
NOVEMBER 25, 2015
Why would you put Iran, the major state sponsor of terrorism, in a position to stabilize a region it has helped to destabilize? This is the question that many, including Democratic officials, are asking.
It is our freedom and our lives that are at stake. Civilians are targets and the population needs to prepare for this reality.
The penultimate issue facing Western governments is how deeply they can afford to get involved in African affairs and in chasing terrorists like the group responsible for the attack in Mali.
NOVEMBER 24, 2015
While the Islamist groups want to render us defenseless against jihad in America, the political left wants to make us vulnerable to government tyranny.
Over a century ago, another ship navigated into harms way when a captain refused to heed warnings he was given — opting instead to sail full speed ahead.
It is easy to become discouraged with bad news - especially during this week when we should be preparing to give thanks for the blessings of this great land we call home.
If ever there was an American Tradition that is, well as American as apple (or pumpkin) pie, it is Thanksgiving Day.
Barack Obama has spent the last seven years making good on his promise to “fundamentally transform” our nation.
“One in Five Children Receive Food Stamps, Census Bureau Reports.”
Leadership … Americans wanted sober, serious and authoritative. What they got was prickly and tone deaf.
"Abbas is not interested either in peace or in Palestinian statehood."
Last year Obama was vowing to destroy ISIS. Now he had settled for containing them. And he couldn’t even manage that.
NOVEMBER 23, 2015
Let’s be generous and say that President Obama is half-hearted in fighting the ongoing battle against ISIS and the wider War on Radical Islam.
Mr. Obama is desperate to admit Syrian refugees and has resorted on too many occasions to defending controversial foreign policy initiatives with claims that are at best questionable and in many cases outright false.
NOVEMBER 22, 2015
Before we're confronted with an AK-47 killer or suicide bomber, we must confront those who claim that our lives aren’t precious enough to defend.
With the despicable ISIS attacks in Paris, followed by the aerial bombing response by France against ISIS forces in Racca, Syria; we are seeing many on the Left double-down on a failed strategy of appeasement.
Barack Hussein Obama is succeeding in his fundamental transformation; that is, dismantling the United States as a capitalist republic, based on Judeo-Christian democratic principles.
Paris is different, but the president can’t seem to change.
NOVEMBER 20, 2015
Who should Americans see as worthier candidates for entering our country? Syrian Christians fleeing persecution — and possible beheading by the Islamic State — or smugglers moving drugs across our Mexican border?
At last, a Western leader is at war with radical Islam. Too bad it is not Obama.
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It is doubtful the Paris attacks will curb Obama’s plan to ultimately resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S., among whom an estimated 25,000 ISIS sympathizers will be hiding within Trojan horses.