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The war in cyberspace
America's top spy is warning you

July 17, 2024  •  The Washington Times

Last week, I received a message from America's top spy. You did too, but if you missed it, no worries. I'll fill you in.

Noting that "the Intelligence Community recognizes the importance of informing the public of foreign efforts to influence our democratic processes," Avril Haines, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, sent us "the first of what will be regular updates regarding such threats."

Of particular and immediate concern, she said, are Iran's rulers who are becoming "increasingly aggressive in their foreign influence efforts," adapting their "cyber and influence activities, using social media platforms and issuing threats."

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What would a two-state solution solve?

July 10, 2024  •  The Washington Times

I don't oppose a two-state solution. Nor do I oppose Tinker Bell. I just seriously doubt that either exists.

If you're among those who believe that widespread recognition of a Palestinian nation-state would resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, I'd remind you: This is an idea that has been tried and found wanting.

For example: In November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly recommended partitioning western Palestine (eastern Palestine having been given over years earlier to what would become the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) into two states, one for Palestinian Arabs, the other for Palestinian Jews. Jewish leaders accepted the recommendation. Arab leaders rejected it.

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The jihadi-leftist convergence
Carlos the Jackal was an early adopter

July 3, 2024  •  The Washington Times

Younger readers may not have heard of Carlos the Jackal, and older readers may have forgotten (because sometimes that's how it goes, as we were reminded last week). So, let me tell you his story.

Ilich Ramirez Sanchez was born in Venezuela in 1949. His father, a wealthy Marxist lawyer, gave him that first name in honor of Vladimir Ilich Lenin.

From 1968-70, young Ilich studied at Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow.

He then went for training with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) which was – and remains today – a secular Marxist-Leninist anti-Israeli terrorist organization.

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Would Trump re-establish peace through strength?

June 27, 2024  •  The Washington Times

Suppose Joe Biden wins reelection. Will he revise his approach to national security and foreign policy? He should, don't you think?

He capitulated to the Taliban in Afghanistan in just about the most damaging way imaginable. He failed to deter Vladimir Putin from launching a war against Ukraine. He has vowed to defend Taiwan from the Chinese Communists but isn't equipping the U.S. military for such a mission. He has enriched and empowered Iran's rulers whose nuclear weapons program is rapidly advancing while their proxies attack commercial shipping in the Red Sea and wage a multifront war against Israel. Shall I go on?

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Cease-fire won't end Israel's long war

June 19, 2024  •  The Washington Times

The Nova Music Festival was billed as a celebration of "Friends, Love, and Infinite Freedom." On Oct. 6, 2023, attendees from more than two dozen countries gathered in Israel's Negev Desert just three miles from Hamas-ruled Gaza to sing, dance, and celebrate peace through the night.

At dawn the next day, Hamas terrorists used bulldozers and bombs to break through Israel's high-tech fence that was thought to secure the border. Arriving at the festival grounds, they began slaughtering, raping, mutilating, and kidnapping concertgoers, exuberantly shouting: "Allahu Akbar!" – "God is greatest!"

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