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Making sense of the “Open Letter to Moderate Muslims”

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2014 — Under the nom de guerre “The Atheist Muslim,” an individual named Ali A. Rizvi, wrote a rambling article called An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims, where he conflated nearly every aspect of extremism with the behavior of moderate Muslims. Rizvi begins by criticizing Reza Aslan for being upset with Bill ...

Islam’s missing moderates and the problem of ISIS

WASHINGTON, October 7, 2014 – ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other Islamist terrorist organizations have core memberships measured only in the thousands. Al-Qaeda’s core is estimated at under a thousand, its total number of supporters at perhaps 100,000. ISIS is estimated at 12,000 to 15,000. Both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama felt it necessary ...

Killing al-Qaeda: The Khorasan problem

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2014 — The death of al-Qaeda, whose decimation was announced by President Obama 32 times in 2012 alone, is generally recognized now to have been greatly exaggerated. It made that clear on Saturday when it launched rockets at the U.S. embassy in Yemen. The sudden appearance of a brand-new al-Qaeda affiliate, Khorasan, ...

With global conflict at the door, world leaders pursue futile climate efforts

CHICAGO, September 18, 2014– On September 23, representatives from 190 nations will gather at the Climate Summit 2014 at United Nations headquarters in New York City, including 125 heads of state. President Obama and other world leaders will attend to discuss the urgent problem of climate change, seeking common ground in preparation for a “meaningful ...

Obama phones it in with timid, risky ISIS plan

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 — President Obama’s comprehensive plan to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State is reminiscent of a research paper assigned months ago and written the night before it was due. It was appropriately delivered in a speech that had a phoned-in quality. The most surprising thing about the plan is that it ...

America made the Middle East mess

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2014 — Just two days away from the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the United States once again finds itself embroiled and knee deep in the mess and much that is World politics. In the last three years we have seen numerous earth shattering events take place throughout the world. And ...

Despite billions spent on intelligence, we know very little

WASHINGTON, September 1, 2014 – The U.S. spends billions on intelligence, yet we always seem to be surprised by events in the world. George W. Bush told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and CIA Director George Tenet backed up this assessment. In fact, Iraq had no such weapons. We invaded that country ...