Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, every time she takes the stage, she turns people off. Polls show her popularity dropping, and now they've got another reason to think her act is not only shrill and boring, but insincere.
The Germanwings story is mutating with incredible speed. At first we were assured by the company that young co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who evidently crashed the plane on purpose and killed 150 people, was "100% fit to fly," with no physical or mental problems whatsoever. Then we were told Lubitz took an extended break from pilot training for counseling to deal with "burnout" and emotional stress, but that was back in 2008, so it wasn't necessarily relevant to his behavior this week.
"Secret files held by Yemeni security forces that contain details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of confidential informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism strikes," reports the L.A. Times.
Iran will not be the last Middle Eastern nation to get atomic weapons after President Obama formalizes the collapse of Western resistance to nuclear proliferation. Also, they probably won't be the first.
It looks as if we have an answer to one of this morning's lingering questions about Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who evidently seized control of his plane and drove it into the Alps, killing 150 people. Lufthansa earlier divulged that Lubitz took a long break from his pilot training. Now the UK Daily Mail has more details about that episode, saying he suspended training in 2008 "because he was suffering from depression and burnout."
The latest Associated Press dispatch from nuclear negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, reads like satire: "The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press."
Two weeks ago, the seemingly effective Iraqi operation to retake the city of Tikrit from ISIS ground to an abrupt halt, the "final push" delayed for an indefinite period out of concerns over collateral damage, according to Iraqi officials. It was widely speculated the more pertinent problem was that Islamic State forces proved to be much harder to dislodge than anyone wanted to admit, so time was needed to bring up reinforcements and prepare the battlespace.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration's "revisions" to the Iranian nuclear deal include abandoning crucial demands for U.N. inspection of suspected weapons sites that Iran has been resisting for years, even during the toughest of economic sanctions.
French authorities released much new information about the horrible Germanwings crash in the Alps this morning, but some vital questions remain unanswered. Why is the French prosecutor so firmly convinced that the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, deliberately crashed the plane?
Harvard's president travels to Beijing to tout the importance of environmentalism, and specifically warn the audience about "global warming." The Chinese must be laughing themselves sick at the spectacle of their geopolitical adversaries voluntarily kneecapping their economies in service to global warming mythology, while the air in Beijing can be eaten with a spoon on bad days.
At least three of five Taliban fighters swapped for the freedom of Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban captive now being charged with desertion, are reportedly actively making efforts to join the terrorist cause once again.
Last night, we learned that black-box audio recordings appeared to show the pilot of the doomed Germanwings Flight 9525 had been locked out of the cockpit and was attempting to gain entry - politely at first, but acting with increasing urgency as the plane descended, until at the end it sounded as if he was trying to smash the armored cockpit door down.
Australia has been conducting a strong push against terrorism, which began months ago with some general comments from officials who knew they had a problem, and it quickly developed into effective action. Part of the program involves preventing would-be jihadis, including teenagers, from fleeing the country and signing up with ISIS and other ugly crews in Iraq and Syria.
Al-Monitor delivers one of the most sobering assessments of the bloody mess in Syria to date, as author Edward Dark returns to his hometown of Aleppo for a look at the plight of the dwindling Christian community, and finds them turning to dictator Bashar al-Assad for protection from the jihadis fighting to overthrow him.
Engadget's description of the new Ford S-Max car and its Intelligent Speed Limiter technology is both fascinating and creepy as hell: "A camera mounted on the windshield scans the road signs on the sides of the highway and, when the vehicle enters a 20mph zone, the system reduces the top speed to match. Rather than controlling the speed with automatic braking, the car limits its own velocity by adjusting the amount of fuel being pushed to the engine."
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani gave an hour-long address to Congress on Wednesday, in which he mused that his country's longstanding position as the graveyard of empires is quite exhausting to the Afghan people. Having established their reputation as fierce, stubborn fighters, they would really like to move on to a more productive future. "'Ordinary' is what has escaped us, and what we'd really like is to lead totally ordinary lives," he said.
In what many will interpret as an astonishing snub to NATO in the face of Russian aggression, President Obama has refused to meet with the new head of the treaty group, who is currently visiting Washington, D.C.
There's nothing ironic about Ted Cruz and his family enrolling in ObamaCare -- it's the law. And complying with laws you oppose is a universal American experience. Even Barack Obama had to comply with a few laws he opposed, until he seized dictatorial powers to rewrite them, and he hasn't rewritten all of them yet.
Things are going so well in Barack Obama's big foreign-policy "success," Libya, that people are literally dying to get out. Vice News recently posted a 27-minute documentary video on the hideous conditions in Libya's "migrant prisons"—internment camps where refugees are left to rot after their attempts to flee the country across the Mediterranean fail.
The Associated Press reports that Jordan has announced plans to help train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State. "The training is part of a regional effort also involving Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar as hosts of training sites. The U.S. Congress has passed legislation providing $500 million for training about 5,000 rebels over the next year," writes the AP.
It has long been feared that ISIS could ally with Somali terror group al-Shabaab, which has been tied to al-Qaeda. As Osama bin Laden's gang fades and the Islamic State rises, ISIS might look like a better partner for the Somalian militants. ISIS recently accepted an oath of fealty from Boko Haram in Nigeria.
If we don't acknowledge an authority higher than politics and bureaucracy, we'll never have an inclusive, tolerant, fair nation, because those virtues will always be subject to the flawed and fickle judgment of imperfect men and women, who are always influenced by personal passions and ambitions, no matter how loud their claims to the contrary.
In a youth conference in Tehran, Iran's top military commanders assured the crowd that Jordan would soon be controlled by the mullahs, as they have already spread their malevolent influence into Iraq and Lebanon with terrorist forces, Haaretz reports.
While the media endlessly feeds us messages about how racism is worse than ever, the number of hate groups declined considerably. That sounds like encouraging news. Although hatred, like beauty, lies in the eye of the beholder, and those who have a vested interest in sussing out "hate" are likely to behold plenty of it.
According to Veryan Khan of the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, the great under-the-radar terror threat comes from an expanse of the Sahara Desert in Mauritania, where ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram are working together to train Western recruits for jihad, including terror attacks in Europe and North America. "The situation in Mauritania is a powder keg very few people are talking about," Khan told Fox News.
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