Monday, April 17, 2017

Mike Pence Makes Impromptu Visit To DMZ, Warns North Korea Not To Test The U.S.
"This morning's provocation ..."

Vice President Mike Pence made an unexpected and impromptu visit to Camp Bonifas, a joint U.S. and South Korean base located along the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea on Monday.

North Korea, a perennial agent of unrest, attempted to show their strength Sunday with an unsuccessful missile test.

“This morning’s provocation from the North is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face each and every day in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world,” Pence said during an Easter dinner shared with soldiers on Sunday.

On Monday, turning his attention to the north, he warned South Korea’s counterpart not to test “the strength of our military forces.”

Speaking in Seoul, the vice president said, “We will defeat any attack and we will meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective response.”
“[A]ll options are on the table,” Pence added.
Al-Azhar, the foremost institution in Sunni Islam, refuses to declare the Islamic State apostate

By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch

In June 2009 at al-Azhar, Barack Obama said: “For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning.” In October 2001, right after 9/11, the New York Times called Al-Azhar “the revered mosque, the distinguished university, the leading voice of the Sunni Muslim establishment.” It quoted a Muslim cleric: “Al Azhar […]

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Trump Is Granting The Military Much More Leeway In Bombing ISIS
This is good. For eight years, Obama’s anti-American rules of engagement crippled our ability to oppose jihadis in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are still paying the price, and will be for a long time to come.

“Trump Is Granting The Military Much More Leeway In Bombing ISIS,” by Saagar Enjeti, Daily Caller, April 15, 2017:
The Trump administration has given the U.S. military significantly more leeway to use whatever means it sees fit in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism, senior officials say, in stark contrast to the Obama administration.
“There’s nothing formal, but it is beginning to take shape,” a senior U.S. defense told The Wall Street Journal. “There is a sense among these commanders that they are able to do a bit more — and so they are.”
President Trump’s new approach is perhaps best demonstrated in the U.S. decision to drop the largest non-nuclear device in the military’s arsenal — “the mother of all bombs” — on the Islamic State in Afghanistan Thursday. The blast ignited a media sensation, and killed nearly 100 ISIS fighters.
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