American liberals fear climate change more than ISIS with weapons of mass destruction, finds new poll. [Rush Limbaugh discusses poll on air.]

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(New York City) — A stunning finding in the new poll we released today: almost two-out-of-three liberals believe climate change poses a greater threat to the American people than Iran and the Islamic State obtaining nuclear, chemical and/or biological weapons.

This is just one of several intriguing if sobering findings in a national survey we recently commissioned from McLaughlin & Associates, a leading U.S. polling firm.

Today, Rush Limbaugh — the leading radio talk show host in the country with more than 20 million listeners — discussed the poll on his program.

Here’s the transcript from his website:

RUSH LIMBAUGH: You know, our old buddy Joel Rosenberg — who is now an acclaimed novelist about fictional events in the Middle East and the United States that are very closely attached to potential reality — has a new book out, and it centers on an ISIS plan to attack the U.S., Israel, and Jordan. Joel partnered with the McLaughlin group [McLaughlin & Associates] not long ago to do a massive nationwide poll of the American people and their thoughts on ISIS.

How big a threat do you think ISIS is? Are we beating ISIS? Are we even engaging ISIS? Is ISIS okay? Is ISIS bad? Are we winning? Are we losing? He called me and said, “Would you like to add a question to the survey?” And I said, “Really?” He said, “Yeah.” I said, “Okay. Ask the respondents if they fear climate change or ISIS the most.” It was a joke question! He said, “It’s a great question; I’ll put it in there,” and he did. And you know what? A majority of [liberal] Americans fear climate change more than they do ISIS, according to Joel’s poll.

Ha! I think everybody that was… I mean, Joel thought I was cracking a joke when I wanted the question in there. And I said, “Joel, you’ll be surprised here. I mean, the left has been pushing this issue far more than they’ve been pushing ISIS. Climate change is considered a greater threat by a majority of Americans than is ISIS.” So Joel’s got the poll. He’s got a piece at Fox News today analyzing and reporting on the poll results.

It is designed to coincide with his new book, which was released on Tuesday. And, again, all of this is being done on the basis that there really isn’t a heightened awareness or concern or — not fear, but — an alertness to the threat that we face from Islamic jihadists, be it ISIS or Al-Qaeda or whoever. And clearly the Democrat Party and their judicial branch, they’re willing to roll the dice. They’ll do anything to stop Trump, mount the resistance, and they’ll deal with the fallout (if there is any) later.

Here’s some of the key takeaways from Joel Rosenberg’s poll: “How do Americans view the war with the Islamic State?”  You ready for this? It found 63% of liberal Americans believe “the threat of climate change is greater than the threat of Iran and ISIS obtaining weapons of mass destruction.”  Of liberal Americans, Democrats think climate change is a greater threat than Islamic terrorism.

Less than 10% of the American people believe we are engaged in a war against Islam.  That’s big, that less than 10% believe that we’re engaged in a war on Islam, because the judge claims the exact opposite. Trump’s trying to wipe Islam out, keep ’em from coming into the country and so forth.  Forty-one percent of Americans believe we’re losing the war against the Islamic State.  Twenty-five percent say they’re not sure.


 

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Exclusive Poll: Are we winning or losing the war with ISIS? Do Americans fear attacks inside the homeland? Are we at war with all of Islam, or just the forces of “radical Islam”? Here are the full results, plus my new column for Fox News.

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(New York City) — Do Americans believe we are winning or losing the war against the Islamic State? Do they believe ISIS will launch terror attacks inside the homeland? Do they believe ISIS might even try to use weapons of mass destruction? And do they believe we are at war with the religion of Islam, or just a subset of extremists that could be best described as the forces of “radical Islam”?

These are the very questions and themes I explore in my new thriller, Without Warning, just released this week. But as we prepared for the book launch, I asked my publisher if we could commission an exclusive national survey to better understand how Americans view the actual war against the Islamic State.

Tyndale House readily agreed, so we turned to McLaughlin & Associates, a respected U.S. polling firm who clients have included U.S. Senators and Congressmen, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Trump campaign.

The results we found were sobering — Americans believe we’re losing to ISIS.

UPDATE: Two federal judges in the last 24 hours have shot down the President’s Executive Order temporarily restricting travelers wanting to enter the U.S. from six countries with a history of terrorism. This is not a Muslim ban. The order simply creates a delay until U.S. federal agencies can review and improve vetting procedures to make sure we’re not allowing terrorists to enter America. Given the very real terrorist threat that ISIS and other militant Islamist states and groups pose to the U.S., the President’s actions are sound and warranted. The first so called “travel ban” order was seriously flawed. I called for it to be withdrawn, and I’m glad it was. The second Executive Order was much better and certainly Constitutional. The leftist judicial attempt to prevent the Commander-in-Chief from protecting the American people is outrageous and a dangerous overreach of judicial power.

Here are some excerpts from my Fox News column:

  • President Donald Trump has made the defeat of the Islamic State one of his administration’s top priorities – and rightly so.
  • He has asked the Pentagon for a comprehensive new war plan. On March 22-23, his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, will host foreign ministers from 68 countries to discuss how to significantly improve our combined efforts to crush ISIS once and for all. In April, Mr. Trump and Vice President Pence will reportedly host a summit for Sunni Arab leaders towards the same end.
  • It is useful, therefore, to consider the question: at present, are we winning or losing the war against the Islamic State?….
  • Only one-in-three Americans believe “the U.S. and our allies are winning the war against the Islamic State and getting safer every day.”
  • A remarkable 41 percent believe “the U.S. and our allies are losing the war against the Islamic State and the threat to our safety is growing.”
  • Fully one-in-four say they had no idea if we’re winning or not.
  • We also found that almost seven-in-ten Americans (68%) said they “fear catastrophic terrorist attacks by ISIS are coming to the U.S. homeland, possibly involving chemical or biological weapons.”….
  • President Trump is absolutely right to ask his advisors to design and execute a war plan that will achieve victory, and significantly improve homeland security policies to keep the American people safe from attack. ISIS is coming. God forbid we let ourselves be blindsided.

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“Without Warning” launches today worldwide with two CBN interviews.

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(New York City) — It’s launch day, and with a good portion of the East Coast getting hit with the snow storm, it’s a perfect day to stay home with a pot of coffee and a pulse-pounding new thriller.

Because Without Warning is available on Kindle, Nook and other e-book formats, people all over the world are getting the opportunity to read it immediately. It’s been fun to already get Tweets from people as far away as India who have downloaded the book and have already plunged in. Please Tweet me or post a comment on Facebook telling me where you’re reading the book today — and please post your reviews of the novel on Amazon, Barnes & Noble’s website, your book, and via other social media.

Here are links to two CBN interviews I did to launch the novel, and discuss the very real threat ISIS poses to the homeland, and some of the interesting behind-the-scenes stories of people who have read the book.

Hope you enjoy them — feel free to share them on social media — and thanks again for your enthusiastic support for this trilogy. (All I ask is that you don’t give away the ending!)

UPDATE: Coverage of the snow storm bumped my interview on Fox & Friends this morning. Certainly understandable — I’ll keep you posted on whether it will be rescheduled.

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Updated: Without Warning 50% off for pre-orders on Amazon Kindle. Countdown to launch. Latest details.

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(Washington, D.C.) — First of all let me say Happy Purim and Chag Sameach to all my Jewish friends back in Israel, here in the U.S. and around the world! What a special holiday when we remember how the Lord saved us from total annihilation at the hands of an evil Persian tyrant, and when we remember the power of prayer and fasting.

Well, I’m really excited about launching Without Warning —  hope you are, too. We’re seeing some great TV and radio interviews lining up, including Fox News and CBN. More details on the timing of those soon — and for all the latest updates on interviews, please follow me on Twitter and on the Epicenter Team page on Facebook. That’s where I’ll be posting the media alerts and changes (especially on Twitter).

It’s been a great week here in the nation’s capital, preparing for the launch. I’ve been meeting with Members of the House and Senate, Congressional staff, Mideast experts, and good friends, briefing them on the exclusive poll we’re going to release next week and giving them advance copies of the novel.

I wanted to alert you to the fact that we’re seeing great discounts for pre-orders of the hardcover, e-book and audio versions in all kinds of major bookstores and big box superstores such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, Lifeway, Target, and Walmart. You can also go into your favorite independent, general market or Christian book store and pre-order it this weekend. If you haven’t read them already, there’s still time to pick up and read The Third Target and The First Hostage, the first two novels in this trilogy, before Without Warning hits the shelves on Tuesday.

The biggest discount I’ve seen so far is on Amazon Kindle — 65% off the retail price.  Wow! Not sure how long that will last, but it’s the pre-order price today. Wanted to make sure you all knew about it while it lasted.

[Update: As of Sunday morning, it’s now 50% off].

That said, let me simply add that I’m deeply grateful to all of you who have been emailing and Facebooking and Tweeting me from all over the world in anticipation of this release. Your notes have been very encouraging and I really appreciate them. I think you’re going to like this one. It may be the fastest moving novel of the twelve I’ve written.

Thanks, too, for  your prayers for me and my family while I’m away from them in Israel for so long — that’s very kind (and we need them!)

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A Shia Muslim country that backs the US, opposes Iranian aggression, and is friends with Israel? Sounds like fiction. But welcome to Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan-Ambassdor-mtg(Washington, D.C.) — In this crazy, chaotic world of ours, could there really be a Shia Muslim nation that strongly backs the U.S., opposes Iranian terrorism and regional aggression, and is not only a friend and ally of Israel but recently welcomed Israel’s Prime Minister for a state visit?

Sounds like fiction, I know. But it really exists — Azerbaijan.

Yesterday, I had the honor of a two-hour meeting with Ambassador Elin Sulaymanov at Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Washington. While our conversation was off the record, it was certainly fascinating. I gave the Ambassador an advance copy of WITHOUT WARNING, and he invited me to visit Baku.

Some facts about the country:

  • 9.8 million people
  • 97% Shia Muslim, 3% Christian, but with a fairly secular government
  • “Oil-rich Azerbaijan has redefined itself over the past two decades from a struggling newly independent state to a major regional energy player,” notes the BBC.
  • A former Soviet republic which became independent on August 30, 1991, just before the formal dissolution of the USSR
  • Located in a tough neighborhood, with Russian President Vladimir Putin to the north, Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the south, and Armenia to the west which wrested control of some 20% of Azerbaijan (the Nagorno-Karabakh region) after a period of war and separatist uprisings during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • Criticized by some internationally for an authoritarian government
  • Working closely with the U.S. and the West on regional energy and security issues

Some articles worth reading about the country:

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“Without Warning” releases next week — here’s the book tour schedule & details about the launch. (Pre-order now for 48% off.)

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>> Pre-order Without Warning for up to 48% off — available in hardcover, e-book and audio formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lifeway, CBD, and every general market and Christian bookstore. The novel officially releases on March 14th.

(Washington, D.C.) — It’s great to be back in the U.S., preparing for next week’s launch of Without Warning. On Saturday, I landed at Washington Dulles fresh from Israel and am working my way through jetlag and eager to get started.

The novel — which focuses on an ISIS plot to launch a series of catastrophic terrorist attacks inside the American homeland — is the third and final installment in the trilogy that began with The Third Target and The First Hostage, and it may be fastest moving of the series.

People are asking me if they need to have read the first two novels to understand Without Warning. The answer is no, not necessarily. I’ve written this one to work as a stand alone for readers who are finding my work for the first time. That said, I do think you’ll enjoy it more if you pick up the paperbacks of the first two and read them first, or listen on audio.

A few exciting developments worth noting:

  • Next week as the novel releases, we also plan to release the results of an exclusive national poll we’ve commissioned.
  • The survey examines how Americans view the threat of the Islamic State, and how the American people view the war against ISIS. I think  you’ll find it very interesting.
  • This week, I’m meeting with Members of Congress and various Mideast experts to brief them on the poll results prior to releasing the numbers publicly.
  • During the book tour, we’ll also release various fact sheets about the ISIS threat, the threat of the Islamic State, and the threat of Radical Islam.

Also, we’ve just posted two new videos in which I talk about the process of writing this series — I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch them and feel free to share them.

Finally, here’s the book tour schedule — I hope to see you on the road!

Monday, March 13 — VIRGINIA BEACH

  • 9:00am – Live interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network (700 Club)
  • Additional interviews at CBN headquarters

Monday through Friday, March 13-17 — WASHINGTON/NEW YORK CITY

  • Media interviews

Sunday, March 19 — SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA

  • 9:00am/10:30am – Speaking at both morning services at First Baptist Spartanburg – 250 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC. Book signings between services and then after last service. Open to the public. http://www.fbs.org/  

Monday through Friday, March 20-24 — DALLAS, TEXAS

  • Media interviews
  • Speaking at private event at Prestonwood Baptist Church.

Sunday, March 26 — TYLER, TEXAS

  • 9:00/10:30am – Speaking at both morning services at Green Acres Baptist Church,1607 Troup Hwy, Tyler, TX. Book signing after 2nd service. Open to the public.
  • 5:15pm – Book signing before evening event at Green Acres Baptist Church.
  • 6:00pm – Speaking at special event – Green Acres Baptist Church. Open to the public. Book signing afterwards. https://www.gabc.org/

Tuesday, March 28 — NAPLES, FLORIDA

  • 6:30pm – Speaking at First Baptist Naples special event — 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, FL, Book signing after. Open to public. http://fbcn.org/

Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1

  • Attending board meetings for The Joshua Fund (no book-related activities)

Monday through Friday, April 3-7 — WASHINGTON, D.C.

  • Media interviews

President Trump should invite Egyptian President el-Sisi to visit Washington. In the fight against terrorism, Cairo is a critically important ally. [My new column in the Jerusalem Post]

Trump-el-Sisi(Washington, D.C.) — Several weeks ago on this blog, I called on the Trump-Pence administration to urgently begin rebuilding America’s alliance with Egypt.

Today, in my new column in the Jerusalem Post, I make the case that President Trump should immediately send his Secretaries of State and Defense to Cairo, and invite Egyptian President el-Sisi to Washington for high-level meetings.

Here are a few excerpts from the column:

As the Trump administration develops plans to confront Iran, destroy the Islamic State (ISIS) and strengthen US-Israel relations, it’s critical that it also rebuild America’s ties with Egypt, the leader of the Sunni Arab world.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi was often disrespected if not ignored by president Barack Obama. This serious mistake should be promptly corrected.

The American secretaries of state and defense should visit Cairo immediately to map out ways to work together.

President Donald Trump should then invite the Egyptian leader to visit him in Washington soon, following up on successful recent meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah.

Sisi came to power amid the most catastrophic meltdown of Egypt’s social, economic and political order in living memory. He has made mistakes. But he’s making progress, and he needs help.

Here are six big things the Egyptian leader is doing right….

[To read the full column, please click here]

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Fruits of peace? Israel has started exporting natural gas to Jordan. Also developing export deals with Egypt, Greece, Cyprus & Turkey. Here’s the latest.

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(Central Israel) — It’s not just talk. If you look closely, there are actually tangible signs of peace and economic cooperation between Israel and her neighbors.

Taken Jordan, for example. The Hashemite Kingdom signed a peace treaty with the Jewish State in 1994. While there remain many political sensitivities in the relationship, the two countries continue to develop ever closer security and economic ties. This week, we’re learning how the quiet cooperation between the two countries has taken another important step.

“An Israeli company said Thursday it has started exporting gas from an offshore field to Jordan, marking the country’s first ever exports of natural gas,” reported the Times of Israel. “The exports to Jordan began in January, Delek Drilling — part of a consortium leading the development of Israel’s offshore gas reserves.”

With almost no oil or gas resources of its own, Jordan currently imports 97% of its energy needs. I’m encouraged that the Israeli government and the Israeli and American companies drilling for natural gas off the Mediterranean coast were willing to make their first export deal with Jordan, a good neighbor and partner for peace.

I’m also encouraged by the fact that the leaders of Jordan want to cooperate with Israel on such an important energy project, despite some political opposition.

But Jordan isn’t the only story.

  • For many years since the 1979 Camp David accords, Egypt has been selling natural gas from the Sinai to Israel. Recent reports indicate Israel and Egypt are looking for new ways to explore for more gas and cooperate in exporting natural gas.
  • Israel and Turkey are also working on a natural gas deal that could be finalized in 2017.
  • Israel, Greece and Cyprus are reportedly developing plans for a natural gas pipeline.

Let’s keep praying for peace — but let’s also be grateful for the tangible progress that has been made already.

Excerpts from the Times of Israel article:

  • There was no formal announcement at the time but it is the first time Israel has ever exported natural gas, a company spokeswoman said.
  • Jordanian firms Arab Potash and Jordan Bromine signed a deal in 2014 to import 2 billion cubic metres (around 70 billion cubic feet) of gas from Israel’s Tamar field over 15 years….
  • Jordan is one of only two Arab countries to have a peace deal with Israel but the 1994 agreement is unpopular among Jordanians — almost half of whom are of Palestinian origin.
  • Detractors of the gas deal, including Jordan’s main opposition Islamist party, reject any cooperation with a country they regard as an enemy….
  • In September 2016, a larger deal worth an estimated $10 billion was signed to export gas from the Leviathan offshore field to Jordan.
  • In the face of protests, Jordanian Information Minister Mohamed Momani defended the deal, telling state television it would cut $600 million a year from the state’s energy bill. Deliveries from Leviathan are expected to begin in 2019.

More coverage:

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President vows to defeat ISIS, defend nation from”radical Islamic terrorism,” work with Israel, Muslim allies and NATO. [Read/watch his first Joint Address to Congress.]

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In his first address to a Joint Session of Congress and to the nation since his Inaugural, President Trump focused primary on rebuilding  and reigniting the lackluster American economy and creating millions of new jobs.

But he also devoted important time to his foreign policy and national security goals. Among them:

  • Protect the nation from the threat of “radical Islamic terrorism.”
  • Attack and defeat the forces of the Islamic State, which he described as “a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, and women, and children of all faiths and all beliefs.”
  • Protect America’s borders from illegal infiltrations.
  • Strengthen America’s alliance with the State of Israel.
  • Work closely with “our Muslim friends and alliances” to advance security and peace.
  • Support and work with our NATO allies, while encouraging each NATO ally to pay its full 2% of their GDP as agreed to in the alliance’s charter.
  • Invest heavily in rebuilding the U.S. military.
  • To his credit, the President also opened his speech by denouncing anti-Semitism and other hate crimes, including “recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City.”

The speech was well written, quite well delivered, and stunningly well received.

I was especially encouraged to see the President vow to work closely with Israel, Muslims and NATO to defeat ISIS — he struck a balanced and helpful tone.

As CNN reported:”President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress received largely positive reviews from viewers, with 57% who tuned in saying they had a very positive reaction to the speech, according to a new CNN/ORC poll of speech-watchers.”

In case you missed it, here are key national security excerpts worth reading or watching:

To any in Congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, I would ask you this one question:  What would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or their loved one because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders?

Our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States.  

We are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism. 

According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.  

We have seen the attacks at home — from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon, and, yes, even the World Trade Center.

We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany, and all over the world.  

It is not compassionate, but reckless to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.  We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America.  We cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.

That is why my administration has been working on improved vetting procedures, and we will shortly take new steps to keep our nation safe and to keep out those out who will do us harm. 

As promised, I directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS — a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, and women, and children of all faiths and all beliefs.  

We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.

I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran’s ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel….

To those allies who wonder what kind of a friend America will be, look no further than the heroes who wear our uniform.  Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust and meaningful engagement with the world.  It is American leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our allies all across the globe.

We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two world wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War, and defeated communism.  (Applause.)

But our partners must meet their financial obligations.  And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.  In fact, I can tell you, the money is pouring in.  Very nice.  (Applause.)  We expect our partners — whether in NATO, the Middle East, or in the Pacific — to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost.

Let’s be praying for the President and his national security and foreign policy advisors that they can effective in achieving these goals. Let’s also be praying for the President, the Vice President and their families and staff for wisdom, discernment and strength as they face so many domestic and international challenges.

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Pentagon gives President new strategy to defeat ISIS. Can it ensure U.S. homeland won’t be attacked without warning? Here’s what we know.

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It’s not public yet, but the Pentagon has just delivered to the President and his national security team the beginnings of a comprehensive new strategy to defeat the Islamic State and other Mideast terrorist organizations.

The president requested the first draft of such a plan within 30 days of his inauguration.
While most of the plan will remain classified, I’m eager to learn as much as possible about how Mattis and his generals plan to press the offensive.

Will the President gives us a sneak peak of his ISIS war strategy in his address to a Joint Session of Congress tonight?

However, what’s critical is not just the Pentagon’s kinetic war plan. What we also need is a new plan from the State Department and National Security Council on how to conduct far more effective strategic communications in this war.

  • What’s the best way for Washington to define our enemy?
  • Is “Radical Islam” an effective or offensive short-hand descriptor?
  • Is “Radical Islamism” a somewhat more precise and thus better term?
  • Why is using the term “countering violent extremism” a flawed phrase?
  • How can the new administration do a better job than the previous administration in educating the American people as to the important nuances of this fight?
  • How can we work more closely with our Sunni Arab allies such as Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and the Gulf states?
  • How can we mobilize the vast majority of the Muslim world that does not support terrorism in our efforts to defeat the radicals?

I’ll address such critical issues soon as I launch the book tour for my new thriller. Without Warning is about an administration that is blindsided by a series of catastrophic terror attacks by ISIS inside the American homeland, even using chemical weapons. Let’s pray that never happens.

For now, let me just say that I’ve been quite encouraged by the national security team that President Trump has put into place. I’m especially encouraged by the new National Security Advisor, General H.R. McMaster, who is giving serious thought to the best way to communicate the fight.

Articles worth reading:

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