I doubt President Obama’s tossing of the Bayonet Lobby under the bus will prove to be the critical issue with undecided swing voters in Ohio, but, just for the record, bayonets have played a role in both our recent wars. Afghanistan:

The 24-year-old officer [Lt. James Adamson], a member of the 5th battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, revealed that he shouted “have some of this” before shooting dead a gunman who had just emerged from a maize field.
Seconds later and out of ammunition, the lieutenant leapt over a river bank and killed a second insurgent machine-gunner with a single thrust of his bayonet in the man’s chest…
“I either wasted vital seconds changing the magazine on my rifle or went over the top and did it more quickly with the bayonet.

MICHAEL FILOZOF:A MOST PATHETIC DEBATE…..(DOES SUM IT UP BEST…RSK) The best word I can come up with to describe the final presidential debate is “pathetic.” No matter who wins, we’ve had it. What you just witnessed was the bipartisan abdication of American global leadership. Obama certainly “won” on style and personal attacks — insofar as such things actually matter. Romney gave his worst […]

A PERFECTLY PLAUSIBLE PRESIDENT:BRET STEPHENS Mitt Romney needed to pass the usual tests for Republican presidential candidates in his debate Monday night with President Obama. There was the Ford test (alternatively known as the Palin/Cain/Perry test): Would Mr. Romney say something so obviously misinformed, so manifestly silly, so revealingly ignorant as to disqualify him from serious consideration as a […]

WSJ EDITORIAL; COMMANDERS IN CHIEF About 45 minutes into Monday night’s Presidential debate on foreign policy, we found ourselves asking which of the two men on stage in Boca Raton was the incumbent and which was the challenger. President Obama kept attacking Mitt Romney for various things he had said or claimed he had said, while the Republican mostly […]

Gen.Jack Keane: Al Qaeda Is Making a Comeback Across the Middle East and South Asia, the group isn’t dead or dying but on the rise. Gen. Keane, a former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, is chairman of the Institute for the Study of War. With Afghanistan the forgotten war this election season, many Americans might be wondering why we have 68,000 U.S. troops there at all. Sure, the Obama administration says they’ll be out “on schedule” […]

Rep. Peter King: President Obama Must Move Beyond Political Correctness to Fight Islamists by JIM KOURI While the Obama administration and many members of the elite news media appear confused as to the true nature of the national security threat posed by al-Qaeda, and its offshoots Al Shabaab, Boko Haram and al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula, Congressman Peter King (R-NY) appears to be the “go-to” lawmaker for all things involving […]

HERBERT LONDON: OBAMA’S SHIP OF STATE WITHOUT A HELMSMAN This presidential campaign season is a time for clarification. If campaigns have any value over and above the megaphone effect of why one candidate is more desirable than the other, it is the chance to use a campaign as an educational forum. From my perspective, even silence or ambiguity can be revealing. In this […]

U.S. Weather Service Hackers from Kosovo


Tangentially, I’m only now cluing into a news item about an American jihadist who was planning to blow up the Federal Reserve. Robert Spencer writes:According to former Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Green, Kifah Jayyousi was “a great guy, one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.” While Green was superintendent, Jayyousi oversaw the Detroit school district’s capital improvement program. Later, Jayyousi was charged, according to the Detroit Free Press, with “conspiring to kidnap, maim and murder by providing money, recruits and equipment for Islamic struggles in Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya from 1993 to 2001.”

Kosovo group claims hack of US weather service (AFP, Oct. 19)

WASHINGTON — The US National Weather Service computer network was hacked this week, with a group from Kosovo claiming credit and posting sensitive data, security experts said Friday.Data released by the Kosovo Hackers Security group includes directory structures, sensitive files of the Web server and other data that could enable later access, according to Chrysostomos Daniel of the security firm Acunetix. “The hacker group stated that the attack is a protest against the US policies that target Muslim countries,” Daniel said.

“Moreover, the attack was a payback for hacker attacks against nuclear plants in Muslim countries, according to a member of the hacking group who said, ‘They hack our nuclear plants using STUXNET and FLAME-like malwares, they are bombing us 27*7, we can’t sit silent — hack to payback them.”

Paul Roberts, writing on the Sophos Naked Security blog, said the leaked information includes a listing of administrative account names, which could open the hacked servers to subsequent “brute force attacks.”

“Little is known about the group claiming responsibility for the attack,” he said.

STEVE EMERSON AND JOHN ROSSOMANDO: RED CARPET FOR RADICALS AT THE WHITE HOUSE A year-long investigation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has found that scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials. Court documents and other records have identified many of these visitors as belonging to groups serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, […]

ANDREW McCARTHY: ABOUT IRAN…IT’S THE REGIME NOT THE NUKES My friend Michael Ledeen is right, of course, that the “October Surprise” trial balloon floated by the Times over the weekend — the suggestion of a “grand deal” between Obama and the mullah’s over Iran’s nuclear program — is much ado about nothing new. What would be new is to try the only approach […]