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If ISIS attacks, what will U.S. do?

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The Obama administration is reportedly considering airstrikes in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS. The New York Times quotes “a top national security adviser” to the president as saying the U.S. is “’not going to be restricted by borders’ to protect its interests...”

What about American cities? If ISIS attacks one or more U.S. cities, as it has threatened to do, what then? We can’t bomb ourselves. How would we counter a nosedive in the stock market or the ensuing chaos and fear?

The U.S. and Europe are vulnerable because of a false belief that we can somehow “convert” ideological and religious fundamentalists into pluralistic, tolerant people by exposing them to our way of life. So we let them into our nations. They build mosques, often with funding from Saudi Arabia, which practices and teaches a radical brand of Islam known as Wahhabism, and allow them to set up Islamic schools, at least some of which teach hatred of Jews, Christians and Western values.

France has seen its Muslim population explode to more than 8 million, and growing, according to the Gatestone Institute. It is the same in other European nations. While not all of these immigrants are terrorists, no doubt terrorists immigrated along with those looking for a better life, or were radicalized after arriving. Many Muslim immigrants have lived in isolation from Western cultures and values which their faith has taught them to hate.

According to the Pew Research Religion & Public Life Project, “the estimated share of legal Muslim immigrants entering the U.S. each year has roughly doubled, from about 5 percent of legal immigrants in 1992 to about 10 percent in 2012.” While it is a diverse group with not all holding to the same ideology or hatred of the West, there are enough radicals among them to constitute a clear and present danger. Groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) intimidate some politicians and the media with cries of “Islamophobia” whenever anyone warns of the radicals’ agenda.

As the Center for Immigration Studies points out, “Since the November 1990 assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane by an Egyptian, the immigrant Muslim community has been associated with a great number of violent incidents — all these even before the atrocities on September 11, 2001. In its long history of immigration, the United States has never encountered so violent-prone and radicalized a community as the Muslims who have arrived since 1965.”

So, if even a small number of Muslim immigrants — or American citizens who have been radicalized by imams — attack a shopping mall, killing and terrorizing shoppers, what will the president do? Will he treat it as a crime, “workplace violence,” or call it by its right name? Will civil libertarians have their way in opposing further surveillance of potential and actual radicals, deporting some and stripping others of their U.S. citizenship, if they travel to align themselves with ISIS fighters and try to return to the U.S.? Will they be allowed in? They should be barred.

These and many other questions must be answered before another attack, which our leaders repeatedly warn is coming. Why is it coming? Because presidents over several administrations have not done all they could to prevent it, preferring soft words to tough action. What will the current president do when the next attack comes? Will the public take matters into their own hands and fight back?

Vigilantes are the last thing we need, but they could rise up, if government fails to perform its constitutional duty to protect us from enemies, foreign and domestic.

[Cal Thomas’ latest book is “What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America” is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal Thomas at] ©2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


PTC Observer's picture

On June 30th of this year Isis declared a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Here's what our government should do operating under our Constitution.

1. Congress should immediately recognize the Caliphate state, recognizing it as a terrorist state that has declared war on the United States. All territories controlled by the Caliphate state are defined by Congress including territories in Africa.

2. Congress should declare a state of war against the Caliphate state.

3. The world should know that any state or states that support the Caliphate state are considered allies of the Caliphate State and therefore subject to any and all means of war, including but not limited to financial, and physical.

4. Under an act of war, all USA borders should be closed by the Army, opened only for trade. All people entering the US illegally will be imprisoned for deportation.

5. All identified or known persons that support the Caliphate State or goals of the Caliphate State will be arrested, imprisoned for trial by military jury. Sentences will be based on the rules of war and the Geneva Convention, except those found guilty of treason against the country, they may be executed. Foreign nationals convicted under these trials will be considered enemy combatants and be subject to be shot. Foreign nationals from nations supporting the Caliphate State are subject to immediate deportation based on their history or future actions inside the USA.

6. The country's economic engine should be geared to destroying the enemy.

7. If necessary, a draft should be instituted for those with needed skills to win the war.

8. The war should end only with the unconditional surrender of all territories controlled by the Caliphate state, with the long term occupation of American forces of these territories. Trials for crimes against humanity would follow thereafter.


Barry announced late this afternoon, "We don't have a plan yet."

The bayonet knife sharpening Labor Day weekend ISIS party has began right after Barry's announcement with these words...Allah be praised and Barry be praised.

Great work, PTC O. You get it. You really get it.

ISIS is estimated to have on hand 2 billion dollars cash to spend.

ISIS is selling 3 million in black market oil every DAY.

Now, my question. Which US leader are you suggesting spearhead this effort? Surely not Barry Obummer. He is busy, busy today.

10AM daily briefing (not too early, mind you)

2:10PM meet with Sec. of HHS Burwell in little used oval office

4PM meets with National Security Council and VP Joe. In Situation room, closed to press.

And then, he will be leaving in the morning (yes, Friday morning of a holiday weekend) to jet off to 3 Democratic fundraisers listed at "BBQ With Barack" events:

#1 Investment banker Robert Wolf and wife Carol, of Purchase NY, one of Barry's largest financial backers on Wall Street are hosting the first in Westchester, NY at their Labor Day BBQ. About 250 guests will pay up to $32,400. each to attend. Touchdown of Air Force One due at around 2PM in Westchester, which will force road closures for the Labor Day weekend travel traffic in the area. Lift off will be about 3 hours later, after attending the first 2 events, creating even more traffic gridlock on a Friday holiday evening.

#2 Small round table-style event with about 25 people in New Rochelle who will be donating up to #32,400. each to the DNC.

#3 On to that so important dot on the map, Newport, Rhode Island, to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee benefit.

Don't forget, the FAA has issued a no-fly warning for 2PM to 5:45PM Friday then starting again 9:15PM Friday thru Sunday at 10:30AM for the Hamptons and Nantucket.

In the words of Melissa Tomkiel, president of seaplane companies (Fly the Whale) and Tailwind), "A flight restriction was issued banning operations for practically the whole weekend, causing major business losses and inconvenience for our passengers on the busiest weekend of the year. It is frustrating. We have had to move at least 10 flights and cancel a number of private charters, costing us thousands of dollars. We count on this weekend to get us through the quieter months of the year. This will create a perfect storm on a holiday Friday, creating air space havoc between NYC and Boston."

Do we have a spare prezbo available to tackle your little project, PTC O, while the numero uno prezbo is tied up with the more important tasks assigned to him? LOL

PTC Observer's picture

Don't need him, Congress recognizes countries and declares war. It's the President that carries out the execution of the war that Congress declares. The timing is actually pretty good, it will take a couple of years to assemble the resources for all out war and line up those that are for civilization or against it. In the meantime, this will give Mr. Obama the political cover he needs to actually make decisions without polling results.

you have my approval. Even Hillary could (and would) approve this plan-no, that is not my endorsement of her. Let's see who the other party come up with to bring it to fruition.

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Putin and Russia?

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PTC Observer's picture

Russia has not declared war on the United States, Stalin took care of the Eastern Ukraine and Crimea by deporting most of the indigenous people to Siberia or killing them on the spot. Khrushchev continued this cleansing process during the 1950's starving about 8 million people by exporting most of the food from the Ukraine to Russian. Most of the land in Eastern Ukraine was settled during these years by Russians. Now all of a sudden, we object? Where were we when the Ukrainians were being slaughtered? Most of Eastern Ukraine is Russian now, let the people inside Easter Ukraine decide their fate through the vote supervised by international observers. Jimmy Carter would go I know, he's all into democracy.

Now Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe would be a direct threat to not only Europe but the United States, then there's war.

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Honestly, I don't think this will stop at just Eastern Ukraine. I mean after all, those Russian troops who are on "holiday" - according to the Ukrainian separatist commander - will need to march through the rest of Ukraine to get back home.

I wonder if Ukraine really got rid of all of its nukes? We'll see.

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PTC Observer's picture

Maybe, but Putin's not stupid either. He's playing to the citizens of Russia that are suffering in a really poor economy. You know foreign intrigue is a great distraction.

11 commercial jetliners in Libya??? W....T....F....???

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I wouldn't want to be in any US Embassy anywhere in the Mid-East. Egypt would be a likely target for airborne attacks.

The original report came from here:

The UAE and Egypt have bombed these terrorists in Libya as a result?

Is Obama using the NY Times to rat out allies to take the heat off from himself and his ineptitude?

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I don't know whether he is or not, but the result is the same. Personally, I think the leftist media has the "vision", so they're not going to do anything that could hurt the President's false image. After all they've spent six years building it.

There will be blood on Mr. Obama's hands if these guys use these airplanes as guided bombs. I have friends in the US Embassy in Cairo and if anything happens to them, I will be one mad puppy,

You probably check the Cairo Embassy web page, but I had not done so before. Here is a statement by Kerry from the NY Times that is posted on the Embassy website. Note the paragraph where he talks about the US holding the presidency of the UN Security Council in September. Good grief.

Then, from the UN web page, information on the Security Council and Barry's attempt as Presbo of that Council to focus attention on foreign terrorist fighters. I say, really, Barry? Really?

The last thing this country needs is this laid back, unfocused US presbo now having to devote what little time he has between golf outings and vacations to be the presbo of the UN Security Council, especially in the month of September of any year since 2001.

I will pray that your friends stay safe.

PTC Observer's picture

I do the same everyday they are there, thanks for the prayers.

I told them before they left on assignment that they're out there hanging alone, don't expect much from this government if anything happens. Of course if something tragic like a plane occurs.....well we've seen what happens there.

We have a clueless President and National Security "team" in the WH that's for sure. It's hard not to believe that all decisions are made by polling numbers.

I think it impossible for a government wed to the idea of socialism to be honest enough to recognize evil when they see it.

Barry cannot even get a coalition together in our US Congress. Now, here he will be this month, front and center for all the world to see again, in an attempt to bring a coalition together of world leaders? Just is way beyond his set of job skills.

Add what you mention, a government wed to the idea of socialism, and the recipe is complete for failure, now on a global scale.


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