Ordinarily, a question of whether to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and increase its loan limit would be about as uncontroversial a proposition as one could find on Capitol Hill. Ex-Im Bank provides an important counterpart to the government-guaranteed loans our international competitors use to encourage their industries' exports. And it makes money for the Treasury. Published March 19, 2012
Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
Articles by Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
When Barack Obama became president of the United States, he swore an oath to "preserve, protect and defend our Constitution." Unfortunately, evidence has accumulated ever since that he feels no obligation to honor his commitment. Published March 12, 2012
The untimely death of my friend Andrew Breitbart last week got me thinking about what an extraordinary contribution he had made to our country and to the cause of freedom in his 43 years. Reflecting on Andrew's visionary, colorful and usually combative leadership conjured up a favorable comparison to another patriot from a no-less-critical time in our nation's history: Samuel Adams. Published March 5, 2012
As we witness surging Muslim violence against non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Egypt and even here, the response seems increasingly that the victims must apologize to the perpetrators. In particular, the United States government - from President Obama on down - has been assiduously seeking forgiveness for giving offense to Islamic sensibilities after accidentally burning Korans. Published February 27, 2012
Last week, President Obama feted communist China's Xi Jinping, the man who hopes to lead his country as it emerges as the world's next superpower. Mr. Xi must have been delighted to see press reports that his host is poised to end America's claim to such status - at least with respect to the traditional means of measuring it: nuclear weaponry. Published February 21, 2012
Over the weekend, a drama with potentially horrific consequences for freedom-loving Americans played out half-a-world away. A Saudi newspaper columnist named Hamza Kashgari was detained in Malaysia, reportedly on the basis of an alert by Interpol. "This arrest was part of an Interpol operation which the Malaysian police were a part of," Reuters quotes a Malaysian police spokesman as saying. Published February 13, 2012
On Feb. 5, President Obama provided his own Super Sunday show. In some respects, it was almost as bizarre as Madonna's performance at half-time. In his interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, Mr. Obama responded oddly to concerns raised last week by leaders of the U.S. intelligence community. They testified on Capitol Hill that the Iranian mullahs appear to be planning attacks on the United States. Published February 6, 2012
According to the Council on Ameri- can Islamic Relations (CAIR), there is a grave threat to America that must be suppressed at all costs. The threat is that Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin might be allowed to exercise his constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech. Published January 30, 2012
"Don't do it." That is the message American officials, from President Obama on down, are delivering to their Israeli counterparts in the hope of dissuading the Jewish state from taking a fateful step: attacking Iran to prevent the mullahs' imminent acquisition of nuclear weapons. Published January 16, 2012
Listening to President Obama laying out what he calls his new defense strategy, my first reaction was, "Here we go again." Having basically written off the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mr. Obama is falling prey to a temptation that several of his predecessors found irresistible in peacetime: Cut defense expenditures. Shrink the military. Hope the rest of the world will neither notice nor take advantage of our weakness. Published January 9, 2012
American capitalism - led by and caricatured as the financial industry centered on Wall Street - is predicated on the notion that the market is driven by fundamentally economic motives. To its admirers, that means its dynamics are dictated by profit motivation. Wall Street's critics call it greed. Published January 3, 2012