McCarthy: Bring Back the Bush Doctrine—with One Addition

There is a path to victory in the fight against radical Islam, and our next president should embrace it.

What should be our strategy against ISIS? We ask the question without ever considering Iran.

What concessions about centrifuges and spent fuel should we demand to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power? We ask the question never linking the mullahs’ weapons ambitions with its sponsorship of the global jihad . . . the only reason we dread a nuclear Iran.

What should be the national-defense strategy of the United States against radical Islam, the most immediate and thoroughgoing security and cultural threat we face today?

I had the good fortune to be asked to participate in a CPAC panel Friday on defending America against rogue states. With 2016 hopefuls crowding the halls, it got me to thinking: What should we hope to hear from Republicans who want to be the party’s standard-bearer?

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Morning Update March 1st, 2015 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | Six-year-old walks home alone after missing school bus

BRANTFORD, Ont. — A local dad spent 40 panicked minutes searching for his son Lucas after the six-year-old missed the bus home Thursday.

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#2 — CTV | Vets will need to verify lost limbs every three years, instead of annually

OTTAWA — A wounded soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan will have to verify his condition and the kind of support needed, including his wheelchair, to Veterans Affairs every three years, rather than annually under a policy change.

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#3 — Globe | Conrad Black defiant in face of Ontario bans

Conrad Black is defiant in the face of news he has been permanently banned from acting as a director or officer of a company that issues securities in Ontario, saying Friday he has no interest in holding such positions anyway.

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#4 — Postmedia | Ministry investigates snowmobilers playing chicken with wild turkeys

The hunt is on for snowmobilers who mowed through a flock of wild turkeys, leaving behind bloody feathers and a dead turkey with its legs broken.

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#5 — Rebel | Is it sex-ed — or grooming? See what’s really in Ontario’s new curriculum (video)

Ezra Levant walks parents through the new Ontario sex-ed curriculum, from the “anal fluids” to the “nine different genders.”

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | India budget to boost investment

Indian PM Narendra Modi’s government has unveiled a business-friendly budget aimed at attracting greater investment for the economy.

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#7 — CNN | Hill fight features rumblings of Boehner coup

Washington (CNN) — House Speaker John Boehner faces a looming threat from conservatives to oust him as speaker, and it’s tying his hands on funding the Department of Homeland Security.

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#8 — Fox | Knights Templar cartel leader ‘La Tuta’ captured in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, one of the most-wanted drug lords and who once terrorized western Michoacan state, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to a Mexican official.

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#9 — DM | Shot in the Kremlin’s shadow

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down in a ‘politically motivated’ attack in front of his 23-year-old Ukrainian model date, according to reports.

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#10 — WT | Black pastors urge CBC not to skip Netanyahu speech

The message from a dozen prominent black pastors this week to the Congressional Black Caucus was loud and clear: Don’t skip out on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyuhu’s speech.

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‘I’m afraid Putin will kill me’ (5)

An unidentified assassin shot Mr Nemtsov (above, in 2010 at an anti-Kremlin march) four times while he was walking with a woman near the Kremlin

Russian opposition leader said he feared for his life days before being shot dead in drive-by

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov said he feared Vladimir Putin would have him killed just days before he was gunned down in front of his Ukrainian model girlfriend.
The former deputy Prime Minister, 55, and fierce critic of the Russian leader said

‘I’m afraid Putin will kill me’ in an interview shortly before he was killed in a ‘politically motivated’ attack.

Nemtsov, a married father-of-four, was shot four times by assailants in a white car as he walked across a bridge in central Moscow with Anna Duritskaya on Friday night, but the model was unhurt.

Just hours before his death he accused Putin of pushing Russia into a crisis through his ‘mad, aggressive and deadly policy of war against Ukraine’ and was due to attend an protest on Sunday.

Nemtsov had been working on a report presenting evidence he believed proved Russia’s direct involvement in the separatist rebellion that erupted in eastern Ukraine last year.

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#1 — Shock after anti-Putin activist Boris Nemtsov shot dead near Kremlin

#2 — Shocked Muscovites Gather at Scene of Boris Nemtsov’s Murder

#3 — Intrigue and Fear Flood Russia After Killing of Boris Nemtsov

#4 — The Murder of Boris Nemtsov

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Afternoon Update February 28th, 2015 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | WWII veteran Ernest Cote wanted civilian burial

OTTAWA — Ernest Cote lived his life as a soldier but he will be interred as a civilian following a private funeral expected to be brimming with dignitaries and supporters.

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#2 — CTV | Another N.W.T. aboriginal group sues Ottawa over resource control

YELLOWKNIFE — A second group of northern aboriginals is taking the federal government to court, accusing Ottawa of undermining its land claim and eroding local control over resource development.

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#3 — Globe | Canadian pre-owned submarine fleet finally ready for operations

Canada’s trouble-plagued submarine fleet, once the butt of jokes after a slew of problems, has finally managed to right itself.

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#4 — Postmedia | China bans Canadian beef in wake of Alberta mad cow case

EDMONTON – Officials confirmed Friday that China has joined a growing list of countries that have suspended Canadian beef imports after inspectors found an animal suffering mad cow disease on a farm outside Edmonton.

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#5 — Sun | Two Kingston jail workers nabbed in raids

Wednesday’s series of dramatic police raids put a dent in a “sophisticated and extensive” drug trafficking network, rounding up numerous members of the Ontario chapter of the Hells Angels.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Mr Spock, dies at 83

US actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles, his family has said.

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#7 — CNS | Bolton: ‘Obama Has the Worst Relationship with Israel’ Since 1948

(CNSNews.com) – Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton said Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland that President Barack Obama has had “the worst relationship with Israel since the state of Israel was created in 1948,” and he challenged Hillary Clinton to show a distinction from Obama’s policies by meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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#8 — Fox | ‘Knives are out': Hawaii Dem faces backlash for taking on Obama over ‘Islamist’ extremism

She was Hawaii’s golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit.

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#9 — DM | Nauseating!

Held at an ‘art gallery’ near London’s Euston station, it was one of the most extraordinary and nauseating press conferences of recent times.

It had been convened at 3pm on Thursday by the ‘human rights’ organisation Cage following the identification of masked killer Jihadi John as the Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi.

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#10 — WT | Worldwide anti-Semitism reaches seven-year high: report

A new report from the Pew Research Center found that while overall social harassment toward religious groups decreased worldwide in 2013, anti-Semitic harassment reached a seven-year high.

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Farage: ‘We’re not the tea party!’ (10)

Farage spoke with Daily Mail Online after a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference

Nigel Farage warned Thursday night in America that the U.S. Republican party will become a dinosaur – not an elephant – if it continues to embrace the political center.

‘I suspect that if the Republican Party sticks with the establishment it will lose,’ he told Daily Mail Online after a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The GOP ‘has got to reach the Hispanic community, but it’s also got to reach that blue-collar community that Reagan got to vote for him in huge numbers. I’m not sure at the moment that they’re positioning themselves to do that.’

CPAC is an annual three-day mecca for constitutional evangelists, anti-Obamacare shock troops, full-throated abortion opponents and gun rights activists. Many of them think the Republican Party is only slightly less liberal and nanny-statist than the president.

Farage fit right in, keeping backstage handlers waiting for his appointment to test a lapel microphone while he smoked a cigar in the cold, outside the Maryland resort hotel where more than a thousand stayed into the dinner hour to hear him.

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See Also:

#1 — New figures show Cameron’s net migration target in tatters

#2 — What to Do About ‘Grand Corruption’

#3 — Nigel Farage poll boosts Ukip leader’s MP ambition

#4 — Putin’s Cyprus deal gives Russia a foothold in the EU

#5 — Schäuble’s Greece vote exposes slight rift in CDU-CSU bloc

Afternoon Update:

#6 — Greece to unveil new legislation to tackle ‘humanitarian crisis’

#7 — Tsipras unveils coalition’s first bills, due next week

#8 — Nigel Farage pledges to 1,000 supporters that Ukip will win seats

#9 — EU sets France tough deficit targets

#10 — British claim to have cut EU charge false: report

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Krauthammer: The Fatal Flaw in the Iran Deal

The addition of a sunset clause has made an already bad deal much, much worse.

A sunset clause?

The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the “right to enrich.” It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges. It could continue construction of the Arak plutonium reactor. Yet so thoroughly was Iran stonewalling International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors that just last Thursday the IAEA reported its concern “about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed . . . development of a nuclear payload for a missile.”

Bad enough. Then it got worse: News leaked Monday of the “sunset clause.” President Obama had accepted the Iranian demand that any restrictions on its program be time-limited. After which, the mullahs can crank up their nuclear program at will and produce as much enriched uranium as they want.

Sanctions lifted. Restrictions gone. Nuclear development legitimized. Iran would re-enter the international community, as Obama suggested in an interview last December, as “a very successful regional power.” A few years — probably around ten — of good behavior and Iran would be home free.

The agreement thus would provide a predictable path to an Iranian bomb. Indeed, a flourishing path, with trade resumed, oil pumping, and foreign investment pouring into a restored economy.

Meanwhile, Iran’s intercontinental-ballistic-missile program is subject to no restrictions at all. It’s not even part of these negotiations.

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ISIS kills 15 Christian hostages in Syria, beheads woman (1)

(ANSAmed) – ROME – The Islamic State (ISIS) has killed 15 of the Christians it took hostage in northeastern Syria earlier this week.

The news was given by Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana to the Catholic organization Aid to the Church in Need on Thursday. ”Many of them,” he said, ”were defending their villages and their families.” One woman was beheaded in the village Tel Hormidz and two men were shot to death. There is no information at the moment on how the other 12 were killed. Youkhana added that the number of those known to have been taken hostage had risen to about 350. In addition to the hundreds previously reported, some 80 inhabitants from the Tel Jazira village, 21 from Tel Gouran, 5 from Tel Feytha and 3 from Qabir Shamiya have been taken. Almost all are being held in the Sunni Muslim village Um Al-Masamier.

Another 51 families, ”with around five members each”, Youkhana said, have been taken hostage in Tel Shamiram, but it is not known where they are being held. ”They have probably been taken to the ISIS-controlled Mount Abdul Aziz region,” Youkhana said. One source has said that a mass execution is being planned for Friday, February 27, in the mosque of Bab Alfaraj, a Sunni village in the area. There has been no confirmation of the news.

No inhabitants are left in the 35 Assyrian Christian villages. Those who managed to escape did so towards Hasaka or Qamishli.

”There are 800 displaced families in Hasaka and 175 in Qamishli,” Youkhana said. (ANSAmed).

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#1 — A lack of cohesion could spell ruin for ISIS

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CSIS needs power to stop high-risk travellers, says Steven Blaney

Canada must take action to prevent its citizens from travelling abroad for terrorist purposes, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said after a CBC News investigation revealed a 23-year-old woman travelled to Syria after being radicalized.

“Clearly, Canada cannot become an exporter of terrorism. This is not the Canadian way of living,” Blaney said Wednesday.

The woman, whom CBC News is calling Aisha to protect her identity, made the journey to Syria to join up with ISIS last summer, after taking an online course to study the Qur’an taught by a woman based in Edmonton, according to her older sister Rabia (whose name has also been changed).

Blaney said the Conservative-backed Bill C-51 — which would bolster CSIS’s powers, allowing the security agency to disrupt the travel plans or financial transactions of Canadians the agency believes have been radicalized — is aimed at preventing stories just like Aisha’s.

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Keystone ‘roller-coaster’ ride ahead, ambassador Doer says

WASHINGTON – Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. predicts a wild ride ahead in the Keystone XL debate, with this week’s presidential veto of a pro-pipeline bill just one more twist in the journey.

“We expect a roller-coaster here and we expect setbacks,” Gary Doer said in an interview.

He said lawmakers will probably move on to other issues for a while, then return to Keystone. Congress is in a dispute over immigration rules — which has gotten so bitter that it’s prompted a standoff that could throttle funding after this week to the Department of Homeland Security.

Soon, Doer said, there will be more occasions to discuss the long-delayed Alberta-to-Texas pipeline. He said there’s already talk in Washington of attaching a pipeline provision to a big infrastructure or budget bill. It could be a lot more difficult for the president to veto that kind of legislation.

“We believe people are going to work towards getting broader proposals,” Doer said, adding that he didn’t want to wade into a domestic political debate.

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