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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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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, arrives for a vote at the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday, May 6, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GAFFNEY: Amending a dangerous immigration plan

Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York confidently predicts that at least 70 members of the U.S. Senate are going to vote for the so-called comprehensive immigration-reform bill proposed by his "Gang of Eight." Published June 4, 2013

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GAFFNEY: Obama's surrender

The White House billed last week's address by President Obama as a major foreign policy address. Indeed, it was. Published May 29, 2013

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GAFFNEY: The night that all the lights go out

In 1987, Ronald Reagan mused that if the world were about to be devastated by an alien force - perhaps a collision with a large asteroid - peoples of all nations, ideological persuasions and political parties would come together to save the planet and our civilization. Published May 21, 2013

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GAFFNEY: Moment of truth on Benghazi

The dam seems to be breaking on the nearly eight-month-long cover-up concerning the deadly jihadist attack on Americans and their facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Published May 7, 2013

President Barack Obama attends the memorial for firefighters killed at the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

GAFFNEY: Whose side is Obama on?

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the investigation into its perpetrators has been marred by a series of bizarre and even alarming actions by President Obama and his administration. Unfortunately, these increasingly suggest a pattern that is at odds with our national and homeland security. Published April 30, 2013