End Of Day Report

Monday, November 30, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer 

Syrian Immigration 

I joined more than 60 conservative leaders today in the Conservative Action Project (CAP) calling on Congress to take action addressing the potential national security threats posed by the Obama Administration’s insufficient vetting of Syrian refugees. You can read the letter here. We outlined compassionate approaches that mitigate the security risks that currently exist.

Meanwhile, doubts are growing in Europe about the wisdom of taking in hundreds of thousands of unvetted migrants, mostly from Islamic countries. German authorities are reporting that many Muslim migrants are seeking out Arab language mosques, some of which are known to be havens for Islamic extremists.

In addition, the leader of Germany’s Jewish community, Joseph Schuster, warned last week that new migrants are coming from “cultures in which hate towards Jews and intolerance are fixed components.”

Exactly! This is why Europe and the United States should revisit our immigration and refugee policies to ensure that we are not importing hate in the name of compassion. 

Shameless Left 

I join other pro-life leaders in condemning Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The alleged shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, is being arraigned today and we may find out more about him and his motives then. 

But everything we know so far indicates that Dear is a deeply disturbed man. He was a recluse. His neighbors avoided him. He had several run-ins with the law, including various charges ranging from domestic abuse to animal cruelty and invasion of privacy. 

Nothing indicates that Dear was in any way, shape or form part of or inspired by the pro-life movement. Predictably, that hasn’t stopped voices on the left from attempting to exploit this shooting to smear the roughly one half of the country that believes abortion is, at its core, the taking of innocent human life. 

Left-wing media outlets even went so far as to check Dear’s voter registration status. What does that have to do with anything? But, of course, you know the answer — the media were desperately hoping to find out if he was a Republican. It turns out he is a registered independent. 

For the last seven years, many on the left have engaged in over-the-top, hateful rhetoric toward the police and then claimed that the assassinations of police officers that followed had nothing to do with their remarks. (A common chant at some Black Lives Matter demonstrations is “Pig in a blanket,” referring to a dead cop with a sheet over his body.) 

This same left-wing crowd tells us that mosques around the world where imams preach that infidels must be killed have nothing to do with jihadists who are killing infidels. 

The Obama Administration is quick to excuse government-sponsored demonstrations in Tehran where “Death to America, Death to Israel” is chanted by thousands as hyperbole “for domestic consumption,” even though Iran has in fact killed hundreds of American soldiers. 

And the left has excoriated Americans who believe marriage is between a man and a woman, calling them bigots, haters and the equivalent of the KKK. Yet it rejects any responsibility for the man who shot up the Family Research Council and was stopped only by the bravery of the security guard on duty that day. 

The left has no shame. 

Obama’s Misguided Agenda 

World leaders have gathered in Paris, France — the site of horrific attacks earlier this month by radical Islamists. They are in Paris pledging their resolve to tackle the world’s most urgent threat. President Barack Obama addressed the summit today, saying, “What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our best efforts to save it.”

How is Obama proposing to save the world? By defeating ISIS? By fighting Iran’s mullahs, Hamas or Hezbollah? No. Obama is in effect declaring war on the energy industry and economic growth. When it comes to putting boots on the ground, Obama seems more likely to deploy bureaucrats to control your thermostat!

Meanwhile, news broke over the Thanksgiving holiday that the FBI has deployed elite mobile surveillance teams to track at least 48 “high risk” ISIS suspects within the United States. 

Many on the left think climate change is our greatest national security threat, and that likely includes the president himself. Michael Morell, Obama’s former CIA director, suggested that the president hesitated to attack ISIS oil facilities (one of its largest sources of cash) out of concerns about “environmental damage.” 

Multiculturalism In Missouri 

Students at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, got a vivid and unwanted demonstration in multiculturalism last week. Youssif Zaghwani Omar, from Benghazi, Libya, allegedly assaulted a 14 year-old girl at the school for being in public without wearing a hijab. 

According to reports, Omar violently grabbed the girl by her hair, slapped her in the face, and dragged her down a flight of stairs and into his car. It turns out that the girl is a relative of Omar’s and that he is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, which has been in the news lately for very unflattering reasons. 

But this raises a number of obvious questions. First, where were the adults at the school who should have stopped this attack? Second, will any demonstrations erupt at Mizzou about this attack on women’s rights? Waiting. . . waiting. . . crickets. 


End Of Day Report

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer 

We Are Less Safe 

There is little doubt that the world has become a more dangerous place since Barack Obama became president. The Nobel Committee should demand its Peace Prize back. As America retreats, our enemies fill the void. 

There is news today that a Russian jet was shot down by Turkish fighters. Turkey is a member of NATO, and it claims that the Russian jet repeatedly violated Turkish airspace. Today’s action reportedly marks the first time NATO has shot down a Russian aircraft since the 1950s. 

Complicating the situation are reports that U.S.-backed Syrian rebels shot down a Russian rescue helicopter as it was searching for the pilots. Russian President Vladimir Putin angrily denounced the incident as “a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists.”

The potential for a catastrophic mistake in the Middle East grows by the hour. 

But greater evidence for how things have unraveled was provided by the Obama Administration itself. Last night, the State Department issued a travel alert for Americans abroad. 

Travel alerts are not unusual. The State Department often warns Americans in various areas when there are concerns of unrest or potential terrorist plots.

But last night’s alert was worldwide and remains in effect until February. According to the State Department, there is enough evidence of plots against Americans that it cannot narrow the danger down to one geographic region. 

Meanwhile, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint bulletin to all law enforcement agencies yesterday, warning of the risk of radicalized Islamists here in America attempting copycat Paris-style attacks against soft targets. 

Muslim Celebrations 

Donald Trump is being lambasted by the left-wing media for comments he made about Muslims in New Jersey celebrating as the 9/11 attacks unfolded. Trump is perfectly capable of defending himself. But his claim of seeing “thousands” does not square with anything that I recall. Here’s an excerpt from our “End of Day” report from September 19, 2001:

“In Jersey City, New Jersey where there has been a great deal of activity by followers of radical Islam, people were reportedly on the roofs of their apartment buildings, celebrating the attacks in New York. The FBI is following up on these leads.”

Certainly there were videos of large groups of people celebrating in the Middle East, including in the Palestinian territories.

But what is most telling about the Trump controversy is the effort of big media to create the impression that there is virtually no evidence of radicalism among American Muslims and that Trump simply pulled this out of thin air. 

While the Washington Post fact checker says it couldn’t find anything to confirm Trump’s recollection of events, there were articles similar to my report in the fact checker’s ownWashington Post. Other reports referencing Muslim celebrations during the 9/11 attacks appeared in the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Regardless, that’s all ancient history now. The left-wing media are totally committed to the theme that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam and they are constantly doubling down on this denial. 

But I’ll concede this: One of the most notorious reactions to 9/11 wasn’t in a mosque, but in a church in Chicago that just happened to be the church that Barack Obama attended for 20 years. 

It was from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ that Jeremiah Wright stood the Sunday after 9/11 and condemned the United States for supporting terrorism against the Palestinians. He then shouted, “America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” meaning that the attack was something we caused. 

Terrorist Sympathies 

As the debate continues to rage over America’s refugee policy, the media continue to portray conservatives as hysterical bigots afraid of “widows and orphans” as Obama put it. But what do the Muslim refugees really believe?

One survey of Syrian refugees, conducted by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, found that 13% of them have a positive view of the Islamic State. Keep in mind that these aren’t Syrians fighting the Assad regime, but refugees attempting to relocate to another country. 

new Pew survey finds that ISIS enjoys double-digit support in some large Muslim nations. Running the numbers on these figures suggests that nearly 60 million Muslims support ISIS. 

Now why would these Muslims possibly support the Islamic State? I’ll revisit this issue in the days ahead. 

Choose Life 

There has been so much in the news lately that it has been impossible to cover all the subjects that would normally warrant our attention. But here’s a story I have wanted to address for some time. 

On the day after the Paris attacks, when the world witnessed so much wanton death and destruction, the front page of the Washington Post Style section featured the latest movement in America urging women to celebrate their abortions — #ShoutYourAbortion. 

The pro-abortion left knows that it is losing hearts and minds to the pro-life cause. So it is becoming more aggressive in its efforts to promote abortion. And while many liberal politicians will say that no one is “pro-abortion,” the goal of this effort is to put a positive spin on abortion and remove the stigma of a woman committing the most unnatural of acts — destroying her unborn child.

A co-founder of the “ShoutYourAbortion” campaign wrote that “having an abortion made me happy in a totally unqualified way.”

My point is simply this: When combatting an enemy that worships death (radical Islam), wouldn’t this be a good time for America to rededicate itself to the sanctity of life? 

End Of Day Report

Monday, November 23, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer 

Be Afraid. . . Of Obama 

According to a new Fox News poll, 83% of Americans think it is likely that ISIS will attempt to attack America in the near future. President Obama’s refusal to acknowledge and counter the threats facing the United States and Western Civilization is likely contributing to the fear and anxiety that Americans are feeling. 

There is less and less trust even in some corners of the left that Obama is capable or willing to steer the ship of state through these storm-filled waters. 

The city of Brussels — the capital of Belgium, seat of the European Parliament and NATO headquarters — is on lockdown for the third straight day. And the prime minister just announced that it will stay on lockdown for at least a week. Major U.S. cities, like New York, are doing drills for possible terrorist scenarios. Intelligence reports suggest a chemical or biological attack could be next. 

But President Obama continues to downplay the threat from the Islamic State. During a press conference in Malaysia yesterday, Obama said that ISIS was just a “bunch of killers with good social media.”

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was dumbfounded by the president’s remarks. “It is staggering. I don’t know where to begin,” Scarborough said this morning. 

“Democrats don’t know where to begin. Foreign policy experts don’t know where to begin. . . [Obama is] radically out of step with where the American people are, where our allies are, where foreign policy experts are,” he added. Indeed he is. (See next item.) 

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, echoed those concerns. On CBS’s “Face the Nation” yesterday, Feinstein said: 

“I don’t think [Obama’s] approach is sufficient to [do] the job. . . I’m concerned that we don’t have the time, and we don’t have years. We need to be aggressive now, because [ISIS] is a quasi-state. [ISIS] has 30,000 fighters. It’s got a civil infrastructure. It’s got funding. It’s spreading in other countries. And it’s a big, big problem.”

In addition to this immediate threat, we are suffering long-term damage due to Obama’s unwillingness to defend the interests of the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in front of our eyes, is wooing our European and Arab allies, and they are listening. 

Both Putin and French President Hollande are calling for a Franco-Russian alliance. Saudi diplomats are in Moscow negotiating an arms agreement. Iranian fighter jets escorted Russian bombers to their new bases in Syria.

Meanwhile, Obama reserved his outrage for conservatives who want tougher screening of Syrian refugees and for using rhetoric Obama claims will help ISIS recruit more jihadists. But the best recruitment tools for ISIS are Obama’s failed policies. The Middle East requires a strong horse, not a Chicken Little. 

Obama Vs. America 

Last week, two polls found that overwhelming majorities of Americans oppose the president’s plans to increase the number of Middle East refugees coming to the United States. The latest Fox News poll confirms those results and finds tremendous dissatisfaction with Obama’s handling of ISIS and terrorism generally. Consider these results:

  • 67% of Americans oppose Obama’s decision to bring in 10,000 more refugees from Syria. They are right to be concerned. According to this Daily Caller report, the administration’s political correctness is preventing us from asking the right questions during the screening process.
  • 66% of Americans believe the country is at war with radical Islam.
  • 65% say the Obama Administration “has not been aggressive enough” in fighting ISIS. They are right. Evidently, we are warning ISIS before we bomb its oil trucks.
  • 63% say the war is going badly. Again, they are right. According to many pilots, bureaucrats are blocking three-quarters of our airstrikes against ISIS.

    Think about this for a moment. The reason millions of people are trying to escape Syria is due in part to Obama’s failed foreign policies. He set a red line in Syria, and then ran away from it as fast as he could. Obama and Hillary Clinton helped create the chaos that now exists in Libya.

    The tidal wave of humanity that is hitting the shores of Europe was largely caused by the violence of ISIS. But by refusing to forcefully engage and destroy ISIS, Obama is prolonging the misery, thereby creating more refugees.

    Back to the Fox poll, 59% oppose Obama’s plans to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and 73% oppose any attempt by Obama to bypass Congress and close the prison with executive orders.

    Another Administration Scandal

    The New York Times reported this weekend that “the Pentagon inspector general seized a large trove of emails and documents from military servers” recently. No, this has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton, Benghazi, the IRS, EPA or the VA.

    This latest email scandal is about allegations from senior analysts that intelligence on ISIS was intentionally distorted in order to more closely resemble the Obama Administration’s rosy scenarios.

    In other words, as the president kept insisting that Al Qaeda was decimated and on the run, that ISIS was a “junior varsity team,” that it was “contained” and that we did not need troops on the ground or a more aggressive air campaign, the military brass knew what the White House wanted to hear and it allegedly altered intelligence reports accordingly to fit the administration’s narrative.

    We reported on this revelation several months ago when the story first broke. Members of Congress are also looking into the reports of manipulated intelligence. According to the New York Times, they had expected the Pentagon’s investigation to be wrapped up by now. But the problem may be far worse than initially believed, and the investigation may continue well into 2016. 

  • End Of Day Report

    Friday, November 20, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer 

    House Rebukes Obama 

    Despite President Obama’s overseas temper tantrums and veto threats, a bi-partisan, veto-proof majority of the House of Representatives voted yesterday to approve legislation demanding more security checks on refugees from Syria and Iraq.

    In a major rebuke to Obama, 47 House Democrats sided with the GOP majority in supporting this bill. Now consider this excerpt from the beltway publication The Hill:

    “The Obama administration’s eleventh-hour bid to rally Democrats against Syrian refugee legislation backfired on Thursday. . . A number of Democrats who were on the fence about the bill decided to vote yes after hearing administration officials make the case against it.”

    That’s very telling. The more the administration tried to reassure House Democrats about the quality of the existing refugee vetting program, the less safe some of them felt! 

    While I think this legislation falls short of what we should be doing, it tells you a lot about the left that even this modest proposal is being castigated by Obama and the media with suggestions that it doesn’t reflect our values, plays on fears, amounts to demagoguery, etc. (More on that below.) 

    The government’s first responsibility is to secure the homeland and not subject its citizens to unnecessary risks. Yet this is condemned by the president, many of his allies and leading media personalities. 

    The left seems to have an immune deficiency disease that makes it incapable of protecting people from the virulent virus of radical Islam. 

    The refugee bill now heads to the Senate where Democrat Leader Harry Reid is threatening a filibuster. So the battle is far from over. 

    At least someone is learning from the Paris attacks. Check out this Washington Post headline: “European Countries Agree To Strict New Steps To Secure Borders.” 

    About That Religious Test 

    Barack Obama says it is un-American to have a religious test in our refugee policy. But as we have pointed out, American law already states that we must have a religious test in deciding whether a certain group is in danger and should be given sanctuary. Here’s a quote right from the State Department’s web site about U.S. refugee policy:

    “Under U.S. law, a refugee must have a well-founded fear of persecution based on one of the five ‘protected grounds’: Religion, Political opinion, Race, Nationality, Membership in a particular social group.”

    Notice the very first category of “protected grounds” — RELIGION

    Previous administrations have followed that rule for Soviet Jews, Catholics from Vietnam and Christians and Jews in Iran. It is Obama who is not reflecting America’s values (or the law) when he insists that we should not have a religious test for refugees.

    The reality in Syria and Iraq is that Christians and Yazidis are the most at risk of being murdered by ISIS. There is a genocide taking place and there is something deeply wrong with the refugee system now because only a miniscule percentage of Syrian Christians are being allowed in compared to Syrian Muslims. 

    Here’s something else to consider. Muslim refugees have a lot of options — Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc. Christians and Yazidis have no comparable haven in the Middle East. So again, priority ought to be given to Christians and Yazidis. 

    Instead of accepting the left’s terms of the debate, I hope our friends in Congress start making these points and stop rushing to assure their critics that our proposals don’t include preferences for Christians. 

    Yes, It Is About Islam 

    This morning, Islamic terrorists stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of the west African nation of Mali. The hotel was targeted because it was well-known for being frequented by westerners and foreign diplomats. 

    Reuters reports that at least two dozen people are dead. A counterattack, led by U.S. Special Forces, is reportedly underway. Twenty-two Americans have been freed. 

    Several witnesses said that some hostages were released if they were able to accurately quote the Koran. Apparently the Mali terrorists didn’t get the president’s memo that this kind of terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. The jihadists, who yelled their supremacist battle cry “Allahu Akbar,” believe that it has everything to do with Islam. 

    We are learning more about Hasna Ait Boulahcen, the woman who blew herself up in Paris. She reportedly had a difficult childhood, but her foster mother recalls Boulahcen “applauding in front of the [television]” when news of the 9/11 attacks in New York City broke.

    She apparently liked to drink, smoke and wear cowboy hats . . . until a few months ago when she underwent a “dramatic conversion to radical Islam.” Then she became willing to kill the infidel. 

    Media Malpractice 

    The left-wing media are once again attacking Dr. Ben Carson, attempting to portray the soft-spoken pediatric brain surgeon as a raving bigot. If you believe the reports, Dr. Carson compared Syrian refugees to rabid dogs. But when you actually read his remarks, it’s clear he didn’t say anything of the sort. Here’s what he said: 

    “If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood . . . you’re probably going to put your children out of the way. That doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs. . . We have to have in place screening mechanisms that allow us to determine who the mad dogs are.”

    Clearly, Carson was calling the terrorists rabid dogs, which is an insult to rabid dogs. 

    Even the left-wing media can’t be that dumb. This is nothing more than a deliberate smear campaign, another “high-tech lynching” of a conservative black man. 

    Poll Position 

    Two weeks ago, Dr. Carson was leading the Republican presidential primary race. Perhaps it is due to the media’s smear campaign or other issues, but Donald Trump is once again in the lead. Several recent polls showed Trump leading by single digits, and a new NBC poll out this morning shows him leading Dr. Carson by ten points — 28% for Trump to 18% for Carson. 

    Where is Carson’s support going? Perhaps some of his voters are shifting to Senator Ted Cruz. Today’s NBC poll shows Cruz jumping into a tie for second place at 18%, nearly doubling his support over the past four weeks. Sen. Marco Rubio is in third place at 11%. No other candidate received double-digit support. 

    End of Day Report

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer 

    Paris Mastermind Dead 

    French authorities confirmed this morning that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the jihadist behind the Paris attacks, has been killed. He also planned the August train attack that was foiled by three Americans.

    I am glad Abaaoud has received justice. But neither he nor any other individual is the creator of radical Islam. The threat didn’t end after Osama bin Laden was killed and it won’t end with the death of Abaaoud. Jihadists are being created every day in radical mosques throughout the Middle East, Europe and, sadly, even in the U.S. 

    Underscoring that reality, ISIS has issued a new video threatening New York City and Italy is on high alert today after the FBI warned of a possible threat against the Vatican. 

    Note To GOP: Do Not Surrender 

    As the lines harden over refugee policy, President Obama is digging in his heels. The White House has announced that Obama will veto legislation expected to easily pass the House of Representatives today. 

    That legislation aims to tighten vetting standards and requires that three top security officials certify that refugees entering the country pose no security risks. The legislation should be stronger. 

    Yet the president, most of the media and many Democrats are willing to go to the mat to stop greater refugee screening, complaining that they could effectively suspend the refugee program for Syrians and Iraqis. (More on that below.) 

    Here’s my advice to the GOP: Do not back down! This is one example of good policy being good politics. 

    A new Bloomberg poll shows that the conservative position on this issue is more popular than virtually anything else on the GOP agenda. If the 2016 Republican presidential and Senate candidates got the votes of those who say they want to restrict the refugee program, it would be among the biggest landslides in history. 

    Sixty-four percent of Americans say they want the program suspended or limited to Christians, something Mr. Obama contends is shameful. Only 28% agree with the president and believe the refugee program should proceed without any additional safeguards in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. 

    The Bloomberg poll isn’t an outlier. A Rasmussen poll released this morning finds nearly identical results. 

    Obama Once Suspended The Refugee Program 

    The left’s hypocrisy is absolutely stunning. Barack Obama and his left-wing allies, including many journalists, are shaming Americans who say we need to pause the refugee program while we reassess its security protocols. Well guess what? That is exactly what the Obama Administration did just two years ago.

    Two Al Qaeda-linked terrorists from Iraq, who had the blood of American soldiers on their hands and had been arrested and fingerprinted in Iraq, managed to exploit the refugee program. In 2009, they were admitted to the U.S. and resettled in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 

    Once here, they did not embrace Western Civilization. Instead, authorities said the men plotted to attack a military base or assassinate an Army officer they had known back in Iraq. 

    According to ABC News, “In the wake of the Kentucky case, the U.S. halted the refugee program for Iraqis for six months, a fact the Obama administration did not disclose to Congress at the time.” 

    We Have A Problem 

    As this debate rages, here are some headlines from last 24 hours:

    5 Killed, Several Wounded In Tel Aviv, West Bank Terror Attacks 

    Honduras Detains [Six] Syrians Bound For U.S. With Doctored Greek Passports 

    Confirmed: 8 Syrians Caught At Texas Border In Laredo 

    6 Men From Pakistan/Afghanistan Busted Illegally Entering Arizona From Mexico 

    Five Foreign Nationals Arrested On Ohio Turnpike 

    Syrian Community Leader: ISIS Is Already In America 

    BLM Gets Brave 

    While the adults of the world are grappling with radical Islamic terrorism, the children at our institutions of higher learning are still struggling with safe spaces and micro-aggressions. 

    Activists with the Black Lives Matter movement occupied the administrative offices at Princeton University this week and demanded that all buildings honoring former President Woodrow Wilson be renamed due to Wilson’s racism. 

    I’m no fan of Wilson’s, but it is telling that these activists can’t find evil, hate and bigotry anywhere else in the world, even though it is raging all over. Their bravery is limited to fighting racism from 100 years ago on buildings at an Ivy League campus.

    Meanwhile, a leader of the BLM movement had this to say about the on-going terror raids in France and Belgium, “I want to learn more about the French raids underway. But from what I’ve read so far, they seem like witch hunts.” 

    While we’re on the subject, retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters blasted the Obama Administration’s response to the Paris attacks this week, saying:

    “I’m waiting for this president to call up Eric Holder from retirement to lead a new movement — Jihadi Lives Matter. I mean, this guy clearly doesn’t get the fact that we’re not the problem. Islamic State, Al Qaeda, the jihadis, Islamic fundamentalism — that is the problem.”

    End Of Day Report

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer 

    The Left-wing Mind 

    The Paris attacks exposed not only the vulnerabilities of free societies and weaknesses in our immigration, refugee and security policies, but also the insanity of the left-wing mind.

    For example, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested yesterday that there was some “rationale” behind the January attacks on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters. Here’s the quote:

    “There’s something different about what happened [on Friday] from Charlie Hebdo. . . There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of — not a legitimacy — but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, ‘Okay, they’re really angry because of this or that.’ This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate.”

    What Kerry does not understand is that Friday’s attacks were not indiscriminate. They had a “rationale” behind them. They were carried out by a death cult that will kill the infidel anytime, anywhere he can be found. 

    Obama Does It Again 

    President Obama continued his petulant attacks on critics of his refugee policy during a press conference in the Philippines today. “We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic,” Obama said. “Apparently they [conservatives] are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America.”

    Has anyone told the president about the woman who tried to blow up Paris police officers this morning? Has he seen the videos out of Gaza featuring children being trained in jihad? Has he missed the photos of children holding severed heads while their proud jihadist fathers laugh? Can he be anymore clueless? 

    But Obama wasn’t done. “When individuals say we should have a religious test and that only Christians, proven Christians, should be admitted, that’s offensive.” Earlier he labeled such recommendations “shameful.”

    Let me breakdown Mr. Obama’s remarks. 

  • We know from U.N. statistics that the vast majority of migrants entering Europe are Muslim men, not women and orphans. Many claiming to be Syrian war refugees are not Syrian.
  • The director of the FBI and the secretary of Homeland Security have publicly acknowledged the severe limitations on vetting these refugees. By the way, Obama’s secretary of defense says we need to be watching our southern border too.
  • One ISIS operative has claimed that “more than 4,000 covert ISIS gunmen had made it into western nations, hidden among innocent refugees.” Turkish authorities today detained eight “refugees” at the Istanbul airport suspected of being ISIS fighters.
  • According to one analysis, nearly 70 individuals have been arrested in America and charged with supporting ISIS, including several “refugees.” Remember the Boston Marathon bombers, the Tsarnaev brothers? They came here as refugees. They became killers.
  • When the president says we don’t have religious tests for refugee policies, he’s wrong. The Jackson-Vanik amendment in the 1970s pressured the Soviet Union to allow Jews to emigrate. The Lautenberg amendment adopted in 1989 was meant to assist Jews fleeing parts of the former Soviet Union. It was expanded in recent years to help Jews, Christians and other religious minorities escape Iran.

    What is shameful and offensive are accusations that those raising legitimate concerns about our national security are un-American.

    Left-Wing Arguments

    President Obama also argued that calls for a moratorium on refugees from Syria were a “potent recruitment tool for [ISIS].” That is utterly absurd!

    Legitimate refugees are refugees because they have seen Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS kill, rape and behead people. Muslims in the Middle East are not waking up one morning and deciding to wage jihad over U.S. refugee policy.

    It is just as ludicrous as left’s oft-repeated claim that Gitmo is a recruiting tool. Radical Islamists do not care about due process of law. On the weekend Parisians died by the scores, Obama released five more prisoners from Gitmo. Clearly, that gesture of goodwill didn’t cause the militants to reconsider their plans.

    ISIS is recruiting more jihadists because of its success in killing infidels. Just consider the events of the past three weeks: ISIS took down a Russian airliner on October 31st. On November 12th, ISIS carried out twin suicide bombings in Beirut. A day later, it struck Paris. Far from being “contained,” as Obama said, ISIS is on the march.

    I want to revisit an incredible column that ran in The Atlantic earlier this year. (I will come back to this article in the days ahead too.) The author interviewed an Australian Muslim, Musa Cerantonio, who had tried to join the Islamic State but was stopped by security officials.

    Cerantonio told the reporter about “the joy he felt when” ISIS declared its caliphate. “I saw the declaration on television,” Cerantonio said. “And I was just amazed, and I’m like, ‘Why am I stuck here in this bloody room?'”

    What is attracting ISIS recruits is not our refugee policy or our prison in Cuba, but the administration’s unwillingness to actually destroy the Islamic State — a huge magnet attracting radical Muslims to jihad.

    About That Vetting Process. . .

    There is a shocking video of a soccer game between Greece and Turkey that was held in Istanbul yesterday. The overwhelmingly Muslim audience booed during a moment of silence recognizing the Paris attacks and chanted, “Allahu akbar.”

    For the sake of argument, let’s assume there were just five people in this crowd of thousands who might actually take up an AK-47 and attack a shopping mall. Now assume we’re facing a wave of immigration from Turkey but we’ve got technology that allows us to identify those five potential terrorists so we can prevent them from entering the country.

    That is what President Obama is essentially telling us — that his bureaucrats can so narrow the refugee vetting process that any concerns we might have about security are shameful and offensive.

    But here’s the key question: What about the jihadi sympathizers? Do we really want any of the other people in the stadium whose hatred of the West is so profound that they booed a moment of silence for the Paris dead?

    Just what is the clearance process that weeds out the thousands who harbor shameful and offensiveanti-Semitic, anti-Christian and anti-American hatred? 

  • End Of Day Report

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer 

    Obama’s Lecture On Shame 

    An angry president went after his enemies yesterday, passionately denouncing conservatives who suggested that if we are going to take more Syrian refugees, they should be Christians.“. . .that’s shameful. That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” he said.

    In fact, Obama’s refugee policy does appear to have a religious test — one that seems to discriminate AGAINST Christians. At the beginning of the Syrian civil war, 10% of the population was Christian, but only 2.4% of the Syrian refugees are Christian. How can this be?

    The United States relies on the United Nations’ refugee application process which requires refugees to register. But many Christians in places like Syria are afraid to register and they are afraid to seek shelter in U.N. refugee camps. 

    Why? Because some Muslim refugees in those camps, the very refugees that Obama wants to bring here, threaten, harass and beat them. These attacks on Christians are also taking place in refugee camps in Europe, where Christians have been placed in separate facilities because of the violence against them from bigoted Muslim migrants.

    Even on migrant boats crossing the Mediterranean, Christians have been attacked and thrown overboard to their deaths by Muslims outraged because they were praying. 

    The fact is that Christians in the Middle East are the target of a radical Islamic-inspired genocide. Since we can’t take every refugee from Syria, it makes the most sense to take those most at risk, and the ones least likely to commit acts of terror. 

    What is shameful is that President Obama has done little if anything to save them and other religious minorities. He is too busy lecturing America about our alleged Islamophobia to be bothered.

    There are plenty of places in the Middle East where Muslim migrants can find refuge in the Sharia governed countries they desire. There is virtually no place in the vast Islamic world where Christians can find that safety. 

    It is shameful that President Obama and Secretary Kerry don’t appear to give a damn. Obama is in no position to throw around the word “shameful.” 

    What Else Did He Say 

    President Obama’s performance at yesterday’s press conference in Turkey was deeply demoralizing to the Western world that is attempting to rally itself to defeat radical Islam. 

    Consider this comment Obama made yesterday: “But what I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning, or whatever other slogans they come up with. . .” 

    Really? We are engaged in a war with radical jihadists who want to destroy us. They have vowed to attack Washington, D.C. The commander-in-chief had better be interested in American leadership and winning this war! 

    Even the liberal media is largely negative in its reviews. The Washington Post editorial board called Obama “petulant sounding,” adding that he offered a “false choice” between his own “underpowered” policies and a full-scale invasion of Syria. 

    Roger Cohen of the New York Times tweeted, “Where was the anger in that Obama press conference? I’m in Paris. His words fell shamefully short of sentiment here.”

    When the president did show flashes of anger, it was misdirected. Obama didn’t show much anger at the murders of Parisians, but he certainly seemed frustrated by the probing questions from reporters about his failed policies and by Republicans calling for a moratorium on a growing influx of refugees, which may include Islamic fighters. 

    The Wall Street Journal wrote today, “If Mr. Obama fought the Islamic State with half the vigor with which he delivers moral lectures, he’d find that a much less fearful America would welcome far more refugees.” 

    Even left-wing columnist Eugene Robinson was critical, writing, “Obama’s tone in addressing the Paris atrocity was all wrong. At times he was patronizing, at other times he seemed annoyed and almost dismissive.” 

    On Capitol Hill yesterday, California Senator Diane Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, “I have never been more concerned” about ISIS. 

    “I read the intelligence faithfully. [ISIS] is not contained, [ISIS] is expanding,” Feinstein said, adding, “They just put out a video saying it is their intent to attack this country.” 

    Governors Say “Stop!” 

    The number of governors objecting to the administration’s Syrian refugee relocation program has grown dramatically since our report yesterday. As of this morning, 27 governors — 26 Republicans and one Democrat — are telling the Obama White House to stop sending refugees to their states.

    President Obama suggested yesterday that the governors were “shameful,” but their concerns are based on common sense. As Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley put it, “My heart says that we should let these people in. But my head says that I have to protect the people of the state of Alabama and keep them secure.”

    Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina said this morning, “Right now there’s almost no coordination or communication between the state and federal officials on this issue. It’s fair for the governors to ask the question — what type of background check can you do when individuals [are] coming from a country that’s torn apart?” 

    Gov. McCrory is right. Last month, FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that his agency could not fully vet them. (This administration can’t even vet Obamacare enrollees properly!) 

    Who is vetting these refugees? As I wrote above, the U.N. is. But we know from Europe’s experience that the vast majority of the so-called refugees are not Syrians. 

    While Republican governors are acting on common sense security concerns, more than a dozen Democrat mayors recently asked the federal government to send them more refugees. 

    Every presidential candidate should be asked whether they would force states to take Syrian refugees over the objections of the governor.