Why Karzai’s Doomed

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

President Hamid Karzai is doomed. During his strategic shopping trip to Washington this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pronounced his epitaph: “We will not abandon the Afghan people.”

In DC doublespeak, that means we’re searching desperately for the exit ramp.

Then we got the mandatory presidential press conference. If platitudes killed terrorists, “The Bam and Ham Show” would’ve exterminated the Taliban. Read the rest of this entry »

The Smell of Our Fear

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

Appeasement doesn’t work. It doesn’t work with dictators, and it doesn’t work with terrorists. The attempted Times Square bombing was yet more proof.

We’ve allowed Islamist extremists to dictate what we can say, print or portray. We don’t want to offend them. The First Amendment bows before Islam.

The Obama administration has ducked all unwelcome evidence that such appeasement doesn’t work. Instead, it goes to absurd lengths to convince Muslim radicals that we respect their views. Read the rest of this entry »

Obama Wakes Up

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

Something big is happening. Big enough to alarm the White House. So big that the administration did an abrupt about-face regarding terrorism.

Terrorism’s serious now — driving major policy reversals. The administration just won’t tell us why.

A week ago, failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad wasn’t even a Muslim, but a 40-something white male and, as Mayor Bloomberg insisted, probably an opponent of ObamaCare. Read the rest of this entry »

Blaming the Citizen

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

American and European leftists share the conviction that the immigrant, legal or illegal, is always right — and the native-born citizen’s always wrong.

This bigotry toward the law-abiding American, Brit, Frenchman or Italian doesn’t help the immigrant in the end. Instead, it’s a powerful engine driving divisiveness.

There are deep differences between Europe’s experience with legal immigrants intent on importing intolerant lifestyles and our problem with illegals responsible for social friction and violent criminality. Read the rest of this entry »

Border Disorder

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

South of the border, down Mexico way, a new and savage revolution rages just beyond our inspection lanes. After less than five years of fighting, estimates of the dead have reached 22,000.

The rate of killing accelerates each month. And Washington covers its eyes like a kid at a scary movie. Well, the Mexican narco-insurgency, in which well-armed guerrilla forces confront the authority and presence of the state, is our No. 1 security challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

Afghanistan & the Eliot Spitzer Law of Love

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

At some point during the American Revolution, a frustrated British general, deep into his evening port, must have asked, “Can’t these primitives understand the advantages we offer them?”

In Afghanistan today, exasperated American generals ask, “Can’t these Afghans understand the advantages we offer them?”

The more things change . . . Read the rest of this entry »

A Warning on Iran

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

Robert Gates isn’t just our secretary of defense — he’s our national damage-control officer.

The closest thing this love-your-enemies administration has to an indispensable man, Gates is fighting the good fight in the worst of times.

Ever since signing on as President George W. Bush’s SecDef in early 2005, Gates has fought to reform the Air Force, improve the Pentagon’s dysfunctional acquisition system, give our troops in the field what they really need and cut through the red tape that’s paid for in red blood. Read the rest of this entry »

Putin Wins Again

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

Jeez, this guy is good.

A few years back, I wrote that Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was the most impressive major leader on today’s world stage. Since then, he’s gotten better.

Back then, he was eating President George W. Bush for breakfast. Now he’s snacking on President Obama as sushi — eating him raw, in happy little bites.

Putin’s ruthless, unforgiving and murderous. He also has a clear vision of what he wants, the strength of will to get it — and a stunning ability to spot the weaknesses in his foreign counterparts. Read the rest of this entry »

Uncle Sam — Sucker for Strongmen

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by Ralph Peters [author, novelist]

Our foreign policy suffers from a chronic learning disability: Neither Democrats nor Republicans can get it through their heads that supporting unpopular, corrupt foreign bosses always ends badly.

Decade after decade, we’ve backed illegitimate rulers as a a strategic short-cut. We did what was expedient, not what was wise. And we paid.

Our latest debacle occurred in Kyrgyztan — a backwater that wouldn’t matter a hoot, if not for other dumber-than-dumb US policies. Read the rest of this entry »

Letters to God – Christians Should Vote with their Wallets

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by Marc T. Newman [critic]

This Friday an amazing thing is going to happen. The kind of movie that evangelicals loudly claim to want is coming to a theater near you. Letters to God — a film directed by one of the producers of Fireproof — is a family drama about Tyler, a young boy who literally writes, and mails, letters to God. In the letters, Tyler speaks to God as a close friend in a way that recognizes that he may meet his Maker before too long. Tyler has cancer.

As you can imagine, the U.S. Postal Service does not have a lot of luck getting Tyler’s mail to God, so the task falls upon a troubled mail carrier, Brady, to deal with the letters. Read the rest of this entry »

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