Erick Stakelbeck

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February 2009 Entries

British Troops Fighting British Jihadists in Afghanistan

As we've discussed at length for years here on CBN News, Britain has an existential problem on its hands. From The Independent:

posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

F.B.I. Chief: Somali Suicide Bomber was Radicalized in America

More on this story, which I first reported on for CBN News back in December. From the New York Times:

posted @ Tuesday, February 24, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Islamist Running for Virginia Delegate Seat

It's none other than Esam Omeish, who resigned in 2007 from Virginia's Commission on Immigration--where he had been appointed by Governor Tim Kaine--after details emerged about his calls to jihad against Israel, not to mention his leadership of the Muslim American Society--a group that has been called an American front for the radical Muslim Brotherhood movement.  For the uninitiated, the Muslim Brotherhood--founded in Egypt--serves as inspiratio

posted @ Wednesday, February 18, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

The Speech Geert Wilders Would Have Given in Britain

By now, you may have heard about the British government's cowardly refusal to allow Dutch Parliament member Geert Wilders to enter Britain yesterday. As my colleague Dale Hurd--who sat down with Wilders in Holland a few months back--has reported, the Dutch lawmaker is an outspoken critic of Islam and the growing and frequently disruptive Muslim presence in Europe.

posted @ Friday, February 13, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Talking to Iran: Been There, Done That

President Obama's desire to open talks with Iran is being presented like it's a novel idea. But in today's Washington Times, Iran expert Ken Timmerman details how the history of U.S. diplomatic initiatives towards Iran actually goes back much further. And it isn't pretty:

posted @ Wednesday, February 11, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Rep. Peter Hoekstra Tells CBN News: President Obama has "Put Hope Before Reality" in Closing Gitmo

When President Obama signed an Executive Order to close Guantanamo Bay prison, the first question many terrorism and intelligence experts asked was "well, what are you going to do with all the prisoners?"  After all, 250 hardened jihadists are currently being held at Gitmo; and as I reported on CBN News two weeks ago, the track record of those who have already  been released from the prison is troubling. In fact, several have returned to terrorism, an

posted @ Friday, February 06, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Bombing Iran "Unthinkable?"

So says Roger Cohen of the New York Times. I don't know if it is unthinkable, but I certainly do know that it is unattractive. The number one reason being the probable retaliation by Iran--likely through Hezbollah--against American and Israeli targets worldwide (including the U.S. mainland). On the other hand, when I asked a Rebublican advisor on intelligence issues recently whether he thought anything other than military action would dissuade Iran from its nuclear program, h

posted @ Thursday, February 05, 2009 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)