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Frank J. Gaffney Jr.

Frank J. Gaffney Jr.

Frank J. Gaffney Jr. is president of the Center for Security Policy (, a columnist for The Washington Times and host of Secure Freedom Radio, heard in Washington weeknights at 9 p.m. on 1260 AM.

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New Bedford firefighter Lt. Eric Hartford tries to dig out an ambulance carrying a patient en route to St. Lukes Hospital in New Bedford, Mass., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, as the region digs itself out of the snow storm that covered the area. The nor'easter was predicted to continue to pound Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine with snow and wind through Tuesday. Total accumulation was expected to reach or exceed two feet in most of Massachusetts, potentially making it one of the top snowstorms of all time. (AP Photo/The Standard-Times, Peter Pereira)

Wake-up call from superstorm Juno

Across the Northeastern United States, life has come to a standstill as a result of Super Storm Juno. In due course, those affected will dig out and get back to everyday activities. Published January 27, 2015

In this March 28, 2014 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Saudi King Abdullah about a coalition to tackle the extremist Islamic State group, at Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Saudi Arabian tectonic shift

The death of Wahhabi Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is a tectonic shift that comes at a moment when the Middle East was already being rocked by serious tremors. Published January 23, 2015

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with US Secreatry of Defense Chuck Hagel (C) as Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew (R) watches after Obama delivered the State of The Union address on January 20, 2015, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN

You lie about Iran's nukes

Five years ago, Rep. Joe Wilson challenged falsehoods President Obama was spewing before a Joint Session of Congress by shouting “You lie.” That didn’t happen in the House chamber during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, but presidential mendacity was much in evidence. Published January 21, 2015

Sen. Joni Ernst, Iowa Republican, rehearses her remarks for the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Gov. Jindal's state of the threat to our union

President Obama gives his State of the Union tonight and Iowa's new Republican Sen. Joni Ernst will respond. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sort of did that yesterday, however, in remarks in London. Published January 20, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (Associated Press)

Bobby Jindal's breathtaking candor, needed leadership

Today in London, Louisiana's Republican governor said what has, to date, been the unsayable about Islam's supremacist ideology known as shariah and the holy war, or jihad, it demands all of its adherents to engage in or support. Published January 19, 2015

Fear and Rage: The Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West has been staging demonstrations against immigration from countries with large Muslim populations. Its numbers are growing, and its protests are spreading. (Associated Press)

Stop the willful blindness

Violent demonstrations erupted over the weekend in several Muslim countries. Jihadists demanded the punishment of what is left of the staff of Charlie Hebdo for publishing yet another cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. Published January 19, 2015

In this Dec. 19, 2014, President Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington to talk about successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. The Obama administration is putting a large dent in the U.S. embargo against Cuba as of Friday, significantly loosening restrictions on American trade and investment. The new rules also open up the communist island to greater American travel and allow U.S. citizens to start bringing home small amounts of Cuban cigars after more than a half-century ban. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama's plan: First close, then surrender, Gitmo

Next week, Team Obama will begin formal negotiations with Cuba on normalizing relations between our country and the island's abidingly communist, repressive and hostile regime. The talks may prove a double-whammy for America. Published January 14, 2015

Frank J. Gaffney Jr.

'Threat Assessment' to feature timely news, analysis, commentary

We will be featuring throughout the day breaking news items and analysis, commentary and links to video and radio platforms that will help you better understand the challenges of our times, and what we can do to address them. Published January 14, 2015

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

GAFFNEY: America's vanishing deterrent

President Obama appears to be poised to embroil the United States in a new war in Syria in response to the recent, murderous use of chemical weapons there. Ill-advised as this step is, it is but a harbinger of what is to come as reckless U.S. national security policies and postures meet the hard reality of determined adversaries emboldened by our perceived weakness. Published August 27, 2013

GAFFNEY: Farewell to 'the Judge'

On Saturday, we lost a truly great American. The man Ronald Reagan rightly thought of as his top hand, William P. Clark, finally - to use his old friend and boss' oft-quoted phrase - "slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God." Published August 13, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

GAFFNEY: Willful blindness, mortal peril

Diana West's splendid new book, "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character," is an expose of a practice that she persuasively argues has cost us dearly in the past and endangers our future. Published August 6, 2013

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

GAFFNEY: Preparing to meet the electromagnetic threat

Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld noted long ago that there is a geopolitical counterpart to Aristotle's axiom that "nature abhors a vacuum." As the author of the terrific new book "Rumsfeld's Rules" quipped, "Weakness is provocative." Published July 30, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry shown kite surfing off Nantucket when the former senator was a presidential candidate in 2004. (AP photo)

GAFFNEY: John Kerry's folly at Israel's peril

In one of Team Obama's trademark Friday afternoon specials, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced last week that his six rounds of shuttle diplomacy had resulted in an agreement to reconvene Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Published July 23, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

GAFFNEY: If the Senate goes 'nuclear'

At this writing, Senate Democrats are threatening to exercise the "nuclear option" — a parliamentary maneuver that would end, once and for all, the minority's ability to block presidential nominations with 41 votes. Published July 16, 2013

The Washington Times. (Note: Ex-Im Bank does not directly finance military exports.)

GAFFNEY: Banking on America

A perfect storm is brewing - one that threatens to devastate what's left of America's military and its associated industrial base. This would be a bad outcome under the best of circumstances. Published July 9, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

GAFFNEY: A Gettysburg for Republicans

This week's anniversary of the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg is a reminder of the horrific costs of war — and of the dangers of not being prepared to wage and win such conflicts when they arise. Published July 2, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

GAFFNEY: Doing something about space weather

A wit once observed a persistent truth: "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." That has been especially the case with respect to "space weather" - a phenomenon associated with intense solar activity, known by scientists as coronal mass ejections and popularly as solar flares. Published June 18, 2013

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

GAFFNEY: Crossing the line on metadata

The revelation that the super-secret National Security Agency (NSA) has been vacuuming up so-called "metadata" from foreign and American communications has lots of us in a full-scale flail. Published June 11, 2013