By Victor Davis Hanson
They really are coming after us
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
President Obama said Thursday that al Qaeda is nearly defeated and the war on terrorism has changed since he took office, and that demands a broad rethink that includes scaling down drone attacks, transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay and revisiting the 2001 congressional resolution that set the country on perpetual war footing.
A federal appeals court Tuesday backed the U.S. government's decision not to release photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden during and after a raid in which the terrorist leader was killed by U.S. commandos.
With each developing scandal, the picture of an arrogant administration abusing its power grows clearer.
With White House scandals dominating each news cycle, President Obama's newly minted media critics may prefer to ignore their own culpability in creating this unfolding debacle.
Three of al Qaeda's major websites for recruiting terrorists and communicating propaganda were shut down recently in an apparent case of counterterrorism hacking or possibly as a result of internal disputes among terrorists.
By what measure does our foreign aid policy make common sense?
If you are educated enough to read and smart enough to know that two plus two equals four, you know that the Obama administration was less than forthright about the events in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
News coverage was swift and straightforward following revelations that the Justice Department secretly had obtained two months worth of phone records from The Associated Press, an action the wire service President and CEO Gary Pruitt deemed an "unprecedented intrusion" and "serious interference with AP's constitutional rights to gather and report news," in a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. made public on Monday. Those are fighting words from Mr. Pruitt, the former CEO of news syndicate McClatchey Co., who has been on the job just over a year.
The Justice Department is not saying why it secretly seized the telephone records of reporters and editors at The Associated Press, but several people close to the department said federal authorities have focused on the news agency in an ongoing investigation into the source of leaks about a CIA operation in Yemen.
A former U.S. ambassador with extensive knowledge of terrorist operations in North Africa warned Thursday that the Benghazi debacle will hurt the State Department's ability to recruit diplomats for dangerous duty if they fear Washington will ignore their concerns about security.
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said the Obama administration should ratchet up its focus on homegrown terrorists and their links to overseas jihadists despite the death of Osama bin Laden, citing the Boston Marathon bombings as a reminder that radicalized Islam is a constant threat.
The look at those who hunted Osama bin Laden begins with the sisterhood — a collection of female CIA analysts who became somewhat obsessed with al Qaeda and its leader. They now are talking on camera for the HBO documentary "Manhunt," which debuted Wednesday night, two years after the terrorist mastermind was killed and weeks after another jihadist attack on America at the Boston Marathon.
Though separated by 240 years, the Boston massacres of 1773 and 2013 share disturbing themes.
A recent tip led the FBI to Nicaragua, where local authorities arrested the former D.C. private school teacher who took Osama bin Laden's place on the bureau's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, officials said Tuesday.
TAKEDOWN: INSIDE THE HUNT FOR AL QAEDA
Bin Laden declares war on the U.S., and his henchmen fly planes into buildings four years later.
A former FBI agent who led the hunt for al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden said the bombing showed a "level of sophistication or training" in the construction and placement of the weapons that could complicate the identification of the culprits.