Fresh off a bruising campaign that toppled a political dynasty and split Argentina in two, incoming president Mauricio Macri was blunt at a Monday news conference. “If I said I’d do it, we’ll do it,” he declared when asked if he planned to make good on his campaign promise to bring Venezuela’s autocratic regime to task for violating human rights and trampling democracy.
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President Obama has put a new twist on the Islamic invasion now taking place across Europe and the United States. Speaking to reporters last week during his visit to the Philippines, the president compared Syrian refugees to “tourists,” saying they are no bigger a threat than people who come to sightsee and visit attractions.
It’s probably the most important number you’ve never heard of: 2 degrees Celsius.
WASHINGTON — One would hope we had heard the last of Jonathan Pollard, the traitor they just let out of prison after 30 years. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.
One way to judge anti-terrorism policy is to ask whether it’s steady in the face of foreseeable events. The response in France to the Islamic State’s attack on Paris fails this test: A predictable atrocity has been greeted with: “This changes everything.”
It was an extraordinary concession. Hillary Clinton, who voted for the Iraq war and then apologized for doing so, and who opposed the surge, now publicly concedes it worked. This confirms former defense secretary Robert Gates’s account that Hillary Clinton opposed the surge purely for political reasons. In his memoir, Gates wrote, “Hillary told the president that her opposition to the  surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary… . The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.” So she was for the surge before she claimed to be against it.
The deadly Friday the 13th attacks in Paris by the Islamic State have raised new concerns about terrorists entering Europe and the United States posing as refugees from Syria’s civil war.
President Obama has no choice now. If he wants to defeat the Islamic State, he’ll have to become a real war leader. He may not like it, but putting troops on the ground is the surest way to win this war.
The response to the Paris attack should not be military.
Judging from some of the more extreme rhetoric on the presidential campaign trail, the biggest threat to U.S. national security today comes from frightened Syrian families fleeing the brutality of Islamic State.