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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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President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walk in together to begin their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington,  Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. The leaders were expected to discuss the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and arming Ukrainian fighters to wage a more effective battle against Russian-backed separatists. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

What is Merkel telling Putin?

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel last came to the White House, she was furious over revelations by an NSA turncoat that U.S. intelligence was listening to her phone calls. President Obama promised it wouldn't happen again. Published February 9, 2015

National Security Adviser Susan Rice is expected Friday to announce another strategy to defeat global jihadists. (Associated Press)

Obama has yet another ‘strategy’

Groucho Marx once said, "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them ... well, I have others." That seems to be Barack Obama's stance with respect to how to "degrade and defeat" terrorists like the murderous Islamic State. Published February 5, 2015

Safi al-Kaseasbeh, right, father of slain Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh receives condolences from tribal leaders at the Kaseasbeh tribe's gathering divan at their home village of Ai, near Karak, Jordan, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Jordan executed two al-Qaida prisoners before dawn Wednesday, just hours after an online video purported to show Islamic State group militants burning a captured Jordanian pilot to death in a cage. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

'Good Muslims?'

Another day, another act of unimaginable barbarity by jihadists videotaped and disseminated to all of us. Tuesday, it was the Islamic State burning to death a captured Jordanian pilot. Published February 4, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin's Strategy Chess Bear (Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times)

It's not enough to arm Ukraine

Some former U.S. officials this week have recognized an ugly reality: Russia is intensifying its invasion of Ukraine. Their solution is to provide Ukrainians with defensive weapons needed to increase the costs of such aggression to Vladimir Putin. Published February 3, 2015

President Barack Obama, left, Vice President Joe Biden, center, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey applaud outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during a celebration in honor of Mr. Hagel's service, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Fort Myer, Va. Mr. Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and top military brass praised Mr. Hagel at a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall. Mr. Obama said the country is grateful for military progress on Hagel's watch.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Gen. Dempsey's Saudiphilic essay contest

The current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, has turned the position into one of chief uniformed cheerleader for and enabler of President Obama's disastrous national security policies. Published January 30, 2015

The Obama Administration Iran Nuclear Policy (Illustration by Michael Ramirez for Creators Syndicate)

Obama's 'Big Lie' on Iran

Totalitarians have long employed "the Big Lie" to obscure reality and mislead their publics. They just repeat a falsehood often and authoritatively enough, and most people will eventually come to believe it's true. Published January 29, 2015

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