Brad Thor Brings the Hammer Down on Radical Islam

Never one to mince words–or court controversy, for that matter–Brad Thor appeared on Martha MacCallum’s Fox News show yesterday to talk terrorism, particularly the seeming inability of law enforcement to go after “known wolves” before they can carry out attacks.

Brad Thor said the bar is set too high for law enforcement to properly prosecute terror suspects.

Thor, a former member of DHS’s Analytic Red Cell Unit, said anyone associated with terrorists or radical Islam should be able to be charged.

Martha MacCallum reported that the London terror suspects’ imam reported them to police, but the lead was not properly followed up on.

Thor said part of the problem was that prosecutorial “bar.”

“We have zero tolerance when it comes to child pornography. Why don’t we have zero tolerance when it comes to radical Islamic ideology?” he asked.

Thor’s language here isn’t likely to win him too many friends with the CAIR crowd, but that’s part-and-parcel of the bestselling author’s reptertoire.  His 2008 book The Last Patriot featured a “lost revelation” of the prophet Mohammed that changes the entire face of Islam, and threatens the power of radical Islamists worldwide.  Because of that, Glenn Beck–who has Thor on his shows as a regular guest–once said, “You will read it and think Brad Thor is a dead man.”  Fortunately, he never had to go into hiding like Salman Rushdie did after he published The Satanic Verses–though I wouldn’t be surprised if some ayatollah still had a fatwa out on him.

In the wake of the latest terror, I’ve also wondered how the hell a man who literally appeared in a YouTube video called “The Jihadis Next Door” was still on the streets of London where he was free to mow down innocent pedestrians in a rented van.  Perhaps this would be more understandable if this was an isolated case of someone slipping through the cracks–but it seems as if almost all of the attacks we’ve seen lately have been carried out by individuals who were known to authorities ahead of time.  Ever wonder how the cops were able to roll up the network that supported the London Bridge terrorists within hours of the attack?  It’s because they had they names and addresses of those people already.

And yet, and yet. . .law enforcement took no proactive measures against people who presented a clear and present danger.  How does that happen?  Is there something in British law that prevents the police from making a move before there’s an actual attack?  Or is it just a paralyzing fear of being branded Islamophobic that keeps them looking the other way until it’s too late?  Whatever the cause, one thing is for sure– the system, as Brad Thor points out here, is a spectacular failure.

Steak? No, I’ll Have The Boiled Tripe

“I have to conclude that Trump’s goal is not to fix even the easy, obvious issues America faces. Trump’s goal is to make us dine on tripe while he watches.”

With 82 days before doomsday election day, I’m taking inventory. Either that or get drunk, but a sober look at where we are is in order. Friend and #NeverTrump-er Brad Thor threw down the equivalent of “you’re dying” Tuesday in his Hot Air commentary.

A shorter version of Thor: Voting for Donald Trump is like drinking Drano. Pass the Drano cup, please.

Leon Wolf, on RedState, responded with the eminently fair position that American’s ills are not fatal, and drinking Drano as a short-term long-shot cure for cancer will only get you a belly full of Drano.

It’s sad that we’ve come to this. I’m actually angry that we’ve come to this, because America has some ridiculously obvious, somewhat easily-addressed problems.

Obamacare will fail in 2017. It needs to be replaced. Hillary Clinton will replace it with a doubled-down version of HillaryCare: socialized healthcare. Trump has vowed to repeal Obamacare, but replace it with what?

Earlier this month, Humana said it will cut back its participation on the exchanges from 15 states to 11. On an earnings call in July, UnitedHealth Group chief executive Stephen Hemsley announced that his company plans to remain on “three or fewer exchange markets.”

In a reversal of expectations, Anthem said it is projecting mid-single-digit losses on the individual plans it sells on the exchanges for 2016. And Cigna has said that it is losing money on the exchanges, although the insurer is planning to expand its marketplace presence to three new states in 2017.

Syria vs. ISIS will resolve in 2017. Now Russia has joined with Iran against Syrian rebels, supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The long-range Tu-22 bombers took off from a base near Hamadan in western Iran and launched raids in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Deir al-Zour and Idlib, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. The ministry said the bombers were accompanied by Russian fighter jets based in Syria.

President Obama’s appeasement of Iran has resulted in an axis of power between Moscow, Tehran, and Damascus. Hillary Clinton will continue this course, leading America into a corner from which we have one option–total withdrawal. Russia and Iran will crush ISIS and win control of Iraq, Lebanon, and probably–eventually–Jordan.

Having a Republican in the White House would make solving these problems much easier, even if Democrats win the Senate. There is absolutely no chance of fixing these problems, or having a conservative replacement for Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court with Hillary in the White House.

But to get there, we have to drink Drano.

The Trump campaign is sitting in a Michelin 5-star restaurant, with Kobe beef, fresh Maine lobster, French truffles, Russian caviar, and a thousand-bottle wine cellar. All they have to do is order from the menu and dine.

But instead, they sent out for boiled three-day-old tripe harvested from diseased cows. They plate up this garbage stew in full view of us, as we sit hungry because we can’t afford anything on the menu. Trump, Manafort, and now Bannon, offer us a heaping plate of this garbage and bid us eat it so we don’t starve, then recommend the Drano to choke it down and kill the taste.

I perfectly well understand the temptation to eat this, and why even intelligent people like Hugh Hewitt, Newt Gingrich, and Brad Thor might retch, but swallow.

Having taken inventory, I have to conclude that Trump’s goal is not to fix even the easy, obvious issues America faces. Trump’s goal is to make us dine on tripe while he watches. Unless some deus ex machina occurs, Clinton will be president.

Only a flaming a-hole would make us eat tripe when we could have steak. I will remain #NeverTrump.