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Wednesday, March 23, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

This Friday, just two days from now, we “celebrate” the anniversary of the most mournful day in human history.  The Apostle John says to the seven churches in Asia at the beginning of his recorded Revelation, “Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.” (Rev.1:7 – NASB)  But this morning I wonder if we are capable of mourning.

My feed reader this AM had a little over 400 stories in it.  As I scanned the headlines only two – 2 – mentioned Belgium or Brussels and one of those was in the context of what the candidates should “learn” from what happened yesterday.  The Cruz victory in Utah was massive.  The Bush endorsement of Cruz is very, very newsworthy.  But there are over 30 people dead in Brussels and hundreds injured, and I can’t get it out of my mind.  I wonder if the media have any concept of mourning whatsoever.  One of the stories I saw this morning was starting to examine the victims of yesterday’s attacks, but it was just one and it was not getting much traffic.  I’ve read stories on the policy implications of yesterday on everything from currency valuations to the Brexit.  I have read all sorts of stories about the attackers, actually more speculation than story, but regardless.  But what about the survivors? There the real pain lies.  The dead feel no pain, but those close to them feel so much.

In my own, personal Bible study group last night we failed to pray for Brussels!  Of this I am ashamed.

We are afraid to face the pain and so we turn to, well, just about anything else. Continue Reading


Ohio Governor John Kasich On Brussels, The 2016 Race, And An Open Convention

Tuesday, March 22, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Ohio Governor John Kasich joined me today to discuss the attacks in Brussels, America’s response, and the race for the White House:




HH: On a dark, dark day, I was at Minneapolis Airport this morning when the attacks on Brussel’s airport came through. Of course, it causes you a shudder, because you walk right into the heart of the airport, and you realize that every airport in the world is that undefended. Joining me now is Ohio Governor John Kasich, who I’m sure worries about this kind of thing every single day, because Ohio is a node for a lot of international travel. Governor Kasich, first of all, your reaction to these terror attacks and what they tell you about the future?
JK: Well, I mean obviously, just horrific, and secondly, what it gets in my mind is all of the things that we need to begin doing to deal with these threats. And a lone wolf, the homegrown threats, are things that are going to take, of course, really good intelligence, counterterrorism efforts here in the U.S. And worldwide, Hugh, we have to be in a position of where we bring those allies of ours in the Muslim community who abhor this violence along with all the folks around the world who are allies, obviously, in NATO and Europe, and all those that respect civilization and want to destroy this culture of death, that we’re all going to have to work together both on human intelligence and of course military action to finally get there and destroy ISIS.

HH: Governor Kasich, at the last debate, I asked people about ground troops. Today, Thomas Joscelyn at the Weekly Standard writes that in essence, European counterterrorism has been overwhelmed by returning jihadis. There are too many to keep track of. Doesn’t that mean we have to go soon to the root cause?

JK: Well, I think so. And Hugh, you know, this problem has been growing for a long time. You’ve read, I’m sure, the articles on the banlieues in Paris, the isolation that has occurred there. You know, it’s just been this whole series of things that have grown over time. And of course, with ISIS now, they have the model. They get all the communications, and so obviously, the sooner we go and destroy ISIS, the better the world is going to be. And you’re going to have to do it with Arabs and with our allies in Europe, and we’re going to have to go both in the air and on the ground. And then, but that’s not enough, because we’re really going to have to work on the issue of intelligence, intelligence worldwide, aggressive intelligence, human intelligence, and the ability to intercept and to take action before we get to this point. Continue Reading

John Fisher Burns On The Brussels’ Attacks

Tuesday, March 22, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The New York Times’ two-time Pulitzer award winning John Fisher Burns joined me today to discuss the Brussels’ attacks:




HH: I am joined by, well, our favorite guest, John Fisher Burns, longtime senior correspondent for the New York Times, two times a Pulitzer winner, a member of Great Britain’s wonderful community, and I’m sure someone who has been in and out of that Brussels airport, what, a hundred times, John Fisher Burns?

JB: Not that many, but with the times I have been in and out of it, it’s usually had to do with terrorism.

HH: Well, tell me what your reaction is, just as a member of the community of Europe today. I don’t know that there’s any getting this problem back in the bottle. It seems like it’s beyond control.

JB: Well, I think, I’m hoping, I think we’re all hoping, that the situation in Belgium is not entirely representative of the threat elsewhere. And that’s because the counterterrorism efforts in Belgium have been severely compromised for many, many years. It’s been a real worry for American, British, French and German counterterrorism officials, that Belgium has allowed this problem, particularly in Brussels itself, and Molenbeek, the predominantly Muslim enclave, to advance to the state that it has. So on the one hand, the fact that the events of last week, in the arrest of Abdeslam has led on to this kind of attack isn’t entirely a surprise, and is certainly due in some effect to failures by the Belgium counterterrorism police. And that’s certainly a view very strongly held in Paris as well, of course. And the French probably know more about that than anybody else in Europe. Continue Reading

Senator Lindsey Graham On His Endorsement Of Ted Cruz

Monday, March 21, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The audio:


The transcript:

HH: I begin this show with United States Senator Lindsey Graham, who when last I saw him at a super secret conspiracy meeting at Sea Island, Georgia, that was designed to completely arrange all the world events for the future, he managed to say I had a very low-rated radio show from the front of the room. Hello, Senator Graham, how are you?

LG: It was great to be with my fellow conspirators. How are you doing?

HH: I’m good. Have you seen how the right wing says that we were at this…

LG: It’s crazy. It is, I’m just…

HH: (laughing)

LG: Only in America.

HH: Arthur Brooks, leading conspirator.

LG: I think, yeah, I know. I mean, I was there with you, right? We had dinner.

HH: We had dinner. All right, Senator, you have come out for, I said Donald Trump is indeed the great unifier.

LG: Yes, he has.

HH: He has brought Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz together. Tell people about that.

LG: Only Donald could do this. If you had told me a month ago this would happen, I would have thought you were crazy. But you know, Ted is the most viable alternative to Trump. Trump’s a disaster for the party. I don’t think he’s a conservative. I think Ted Cruz is, you know, a reliable Republican conservative whom I have many differences with, but I think he’d carry the party banner better than Trump. Continue Reading

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