As Jordan’s King warns of “civil war” inside Islam & says Jordan has reached “the boiling point,” President Obama finally makes time to meet with him. Here’s the latest.

KingAbdullah-Obama-OvalOffice-Feb2016For months now, Jordan’s King Abdullah II has been urgently warning Western leaders in blunt and stark language that the tidal wave of Syrian refugees into his country and the barbaric violence of the Islamic State poses a clear and present danger to his kingdom. He needs significantly more military and financial assistance than he is currently getting, and he needs it quickly.

ISIS is engaged in “a third world war” against the West and moderate Sunni Arab governments like his own, says the 54 year old monarch.

Jordan has reached “the boiling point,” he adds. “Jordanians are suffering….and sooner or later I think the dam is going to burst.”

“We need the rest of the world to work with us,” the King insists. “This is why I say it [must be] Muslims, Christians, Jews, other religions, all of us fighting this global fight together. It is a war inside of Islam, it is our civil war, but we cannot do it by ourselves.”

The King has taken his message to U.S. and European reporters, news anchors and conferences of world leaders. So far, he hasn’t seen much response. And the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Jordan has welcomed in more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees. Its spending a quarter of its annual budget on people who aren’t Jordanian citizens. They are at the breaking point. Yet last year, the international community provided only about 35% of the financial aid they had promised to the Hashemite Kingdom. What’s more, thus far the U.S. and international military effort against ISIS has been half-hearted. Today, the influence of ISIS is steadily growing. Its leaders are emboldened. And they are looking to hit new targets, like Jordan.

Adding insult to injury, in January — as readers of this column will recall — President Obama said he was too busy to meet when the King went to Washington on official business. In the end, the President carved out five minutes for the West’s most faithful Sunni Arab ally. That was shameful.

Fortunately, the President made more time for Jordan’s King last week — finally. The two leaders met at the White House on Wednesday for an extended discussion of the current state of the fight against the Islamic State, the state of the Syrian civil war, the enormous financial pressures Jordan is facing, and other critical regional issues.

The meeting seemed to go well. The President praised the monarch as “one of our most stalwart allies in the world” and rightly noted that “Jordan is a country that punches above its weight when it comes to the fight against ISIL.” 

The King, in return, graciously thanked the President, Congress and the American people for their generous military and financial aid to his kingdom. “We are so grateful for the support that you’ve shown me and our people, our country,” he said. “Truly, no country other than the United States has given us so much support — whether it’s to the economy so that we can take the challenge of refugees to our country, but also to the military and security so that we can defend our borders, but also secure our people.”

“I’m actually leaving Washington very optimistic about the level of support from the United States,” the King added.

I’m glad the meeting happened. I’m glad the President has increased U.S. aid to Jordan in recent years. But I am not as optimistic as the king about the future. I believe Jordan is in grave danger from ISIS terrorism — including chemical attacks — and from the mass of Syrian refugees who I fear could be incited to launch an uprising in the hopes of trying to topple the kingdom. Thus, I believe the U.S. should be doing far more to help our Jordanian friends.

We need to pull out all the stops in our campaign to defeat ISIS, starting with liberating Mosul and all of northern Iraq from the ISIS scourge. At the same time we should be pressing our European allies and the rich Sunni Arab states to provide more financial aid to Jordan. And we should be working far more closely to build a strong alliance between Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states not just against ISIS but against the threat of a nuclear Iran, as well.





Seven more reasons a Trump presidency would be a catastrophe. Trump must be stopped.


Today is Super Tuesday. Barring a miracle, Donald J. Trump will win decisive victories across the nation. Despite saying some of the most despicable things I’ve ever heard any  presidential candidate in either party say, Trump continues rising in the polls. Many analysts believe he’s well on the road to winning the Republican nomination for president.

This would be an utter disaster. The threat Trump poses to the health and well-being of the American people and her republic cannot be overstated. Trump must be stopped.

On January 31st, I published a column laying out “32 reasons a Trump presidency would be a catastrophe for America.” I provided links to one direct quote after by Donald Trump himself demonstrating how unprepared he would be for the presidency. I also provided evidence that he is trying to hoodwink Evangelical Christians into thinking he is one of us, and and that he is trying to hijack the conservative moment by claiming to support conservative policies today that have not been his positions for the rest of his decades in the public spotlight.

But every few days, we learn more about this man that shows how completely disqualified he is from serving as President, and how dangerous he would be as Commander-in-Chief.

What follows are seven more reasons. Study them carefully. They are chilling. The former head of the Ku Klux Klan is actively supporting Trump. This former KKK Grand Wizard is urging his supporters to do everything possible to elect Trump. White supremacists all over the country are supporting Trump. Trump is happily re-Tweeting their praise of him. When Trump has been asked to condemn the KKK and its leaders and all white supremacists and reject their votes, he repeatedly refuses to do so.

But that’s not all. Trump has repeatedly praised Chinese and North Korean communist leaders for how they violently suppress pro-democracy dissenters in their countries. Trump has criticized past Soviet leadership for not using more violence to suppress the pro-democracy in the USSR. What’s more, Trump repeatedly calls for violence against those who disagree with him and those who protest him at his campaign rallies.

I strongly urge you to carefully read through these examples. Click on the links and read the articles carefully. Share this material with family and friends. There are many more example, but these are important to focus on right now.

If you are in one of the Super Tuesday states, please go vote today for a serious, sound conservative. Vote for a candidate who has a realistic, serious chance of stopping Trump, winning the nomination, and putting a conservative in the White House next January. At this point, that would be either Sen. Marco Rubio or Sen. Ted Cruz. Yes, both have flaws and weaknesses. But both are born again Christians. Both believe in the Constitution. Either would be vastly better than Mr. Trump.

Even though Lynn and I are living overseas with our sons, we are still American citizens, and gladly so. We deeply love the United States. We are deeply burdened by how dangerous this moment is, that the GOP could end up nominating a man like Trump. We are horrified that many Evangelical Christians are either actively helping Trump, or making excuses for him, or not registering or turning out to vote against him and for someone who really is qualified to be President.

We are proud legal residents of Virginia. Thus, we have voted by Absentee Ballot. We are not going to say who we voted for you. Prayerfully make your own decision. But we definitely voted against Trump.

Have you voted yet? The stakes for America are incredibly high. Do your civic duty. And pray faithfully, earnestly, and consistently throughout today — and the days ahead — that the Lord would block Mr. Trump and have mercy on the country.

  1. Last month, David Duke, a white supremacist who was once Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, announced he was supporting Trump, and urged his followers to do all they could to help Trump get elected. “Voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage,” Duke said on the David Duke Radio Program Wednesday. “I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do.”
  2. Trump was asked three times on CNN to “unequivocally condemn David Duke and say that you don’t want his vote or that of other white supremacists?” and three times he refused to do so. [See also, Donald Trump Refuses to Condemn KKK, Disavow David Duke Endorsement, a story in Time magazine.]
  3. Last week, 62% of the messages Trump re-Tweeted were from white supremacists. “Is Trump riling up the white nationalists by lending them his 5-million-follower megaphone whenever they praise him?” asked one reporter. “Or are racists, who love Trump for his anti-immigration polemics, just more likely than others to send [him]…the kind of praise he likes to retweet? ” {See also this article in the New York Times, “Donald Trump’s Message Resonates With White Supremacists”; and a press release from the Anti-Defamation League, “ADL to Donald Trump: Distance Yourself from White Supremacists and Disavow Their Ideology.“]
  4. David Duke told Fox News, “Do whatever you need to get elected.”
  5. Trump has praised the ruthless dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, for how he “wipes out” his political opponents. “You’ve got to give him credit,” Mr Trump said. “How many young guys — he was like 26 or 25 when his father died — take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden — you know, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it. How does he do that?…[H]e goes in, he takes over, he’s the boss. It’s incredible….He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. This guy doesn’t play games and we can’t play games with him. Because he really does have missiles and he really does have nukes.”
  6. Trump has praised the Chinese communists for the way they brutalized pro-democracy protestors in Tianamen Square in 1989 and has said he thinks the Communist government in the Soviet Union weren’t brutal enough suppressing dissent. “Russia is out of control and the leadership knows it,” Trump told a reporter in 1990. “That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand.” His interviewer asked, “You mean firm hand as in China?” Trump answered, “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world.”
  7. Trump often talks about wanting to engage in violence, particularly against those who disagree with him. Last November, Trump directed his private security detail to an African American protestor, saying, “Get him the hell out of here, will you, please? Get him out of here. Throw him out!” His supporters proceeded to punch and kick the man. Later, Trump defended his supporters, telling Fox News, “Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.” At a campaign rally in early February, Trump urged his supporters to “beat the crap” out of people who might disrupt the event by throwing tomatoes — and then promised to pay their legal fees if they got in trouble. “So if you see someone getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of ‘em. Would you? Seriously. Ok? Just knock the hell—I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise.” Later that month at another campaign rally, security removed an unruly protester, but Trump said he wished stronger action could be taken. “The guards are being very gentle with him,” Trump said. “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you that.”
This man cannot be allowed to become the President of the United States. God have mercy on each of us, and on this great country.
[This column is based on my personal beliefs and opinions. I share them in my personal capacity as an American citizen and an author. They do not reflect the views of The Joshua Fund, which is a non-profit organization and takes no political or legislative positions.]