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Mark Caserta: ISIS to Christians: Convert to Islam

21 Aug


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

“Let the terrorist group, ISIS, see the manifestation of the Lord Jesus Christ,” decreed Pastor Chuck Lawrence this past Sunday during the morning worship service at Christ Temple Church in Huntington.

Pastor Lawrence referenced the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s recent rampage of violence and religious cleansing across northern Iraq following the return of a Christ Temple missionary from the troubled region. On Wednesday of last week, the humanitarian crisis was upgraded by the United Nations to a “Level 3 Emergency,” the organization’s highest ranking of severity.

ISIS jihadists have now declared the captured territories a new Islamic State, restoring “caliphate” in the Middle East. Multiple reports confirm that religious minorities, including Christians, are enduring horrific atrocities for refusing to denounce their religion and convert to Islam.

Understand the scope of all Islamist movements from their earliest inception was to re-establish the Islamic Caliphate, which is believed to be the panacea to every Muslim ill around the world.

But Islamic jihadists are ruthless in their approach to eradicating Christianity.

While addressing the plight of Christians in Mosul, national spokesperson for Iraqi Christians, Mark Arabo, said the “evil” being carried out by ISIS militants in Iraq now shockingly includes beheadings of children.

“They are systematically beheading children, and mothers and fathers,” Arabo told CNN’s Jonathan Mann. “There’s actually a park in Mosul that they’ve actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick.” Mann described the acts as the “most heartbreaking” things imaginable.

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Reportedly, Christians were given three options: convert to Islam, pay a fine or die by the sword. Those fleeing to neighboring areas of Iraq harbor little hope of returning.

“They’ve marked the red stamp of death on Christian homes and basically saying we know who you are and if you come back, you will be killed,” said Arabo.

In his weekly address, President Obama told Americans the U.S. will not be dragged “into fighting another Iraq war” despite his authorization of military air strikes in the region.

But I submit that if the president hadn’t completely ignored the escalating unrest in the region and misled the American people for almost two years, ISIS may never have been allowed to balloon into such a regional power.

Experts agree that while these ISIS jihadists are now a distinctly different organization, they were parented by al Qaeda. Yet, Barack Obama described al Qaeda as having been “decimated,” “on the path to defeat” or some variation at least 32 times since the attack in Benghazi, according to White House transcripts.

Excuse me, Mr. President, but how did this group become so powerful in just a few months? Your recent disclaimer to being responsible for the decision to withdraw troops from Iraq is very telling. Apparently, once again, you see failure on the horizon and want to re-write history and blame your predecessor.

So I’m certain you shoulder no blame for the thousands of Christians being persecuted for a faith many are simply willing to die to protect.

May Pastor Lawrence’s heavenly request be honored and Iraqi Christians be protected by God’s mighty hand.


Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

Mark Caserta: Israel, as apple of God’s eye, important to US

14 Aug

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Aug. 14, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

God chose the nation of Israel to be the people through whom our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, would be born.

“For thus saith the Lord of hosts: After the glory hath He sent me unto the nations which despoiled you, for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye.”

These words, penned by the Prophet Zechariah, lend solemn perspective to the ongoing attacks on the Israeli people.

In Deuteronomy, God said, “Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them, those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.”

Just over 8,000 square miles in size, Israel is surrounded by enemy nations such as Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iran. Tragically, the Israeli people live with a fear few Americans will ever understand. Radical Islamic organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Fatah are an ever-present force.

Unfortunately, the years of turmoil in the Middle East have many Americans disillusioned in recognizing the importance of Israel to the United States, not only as our ally but as the only beacon of democracy in the region.

Israel’s greatest ally has always been the United States. Yet, the relationship between the White House and Jerusalem has become dangerously ambiguous. Mixed messages sent by the Obama administration are providing the world reason to doubt U.S. commitment to our Israeli partners.

Time and again, Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have shown a propensity to pressure Israel and to somehow morally equate a Jewish state that seeks peace and respects human life with radical murderers who would rather eradicate Israel than create a future for the Palestinian people.


Let’s be clear. This has always been a battle between those who celebrate life and those who champion death. Hamas’ ruthless “human shields” policy where rockets are fired from civilian sites including mosques, schools and hospitals, is well documented. This strategy, by the rules of war, make these institutions legitimate targets.

Israel has every right to protect her sovereignty. While anti-Semitism is connoted as the longest, deepest hatred in human history, it is rooted in the hatred of God and His Word. But of Israel, the Bible says “God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.”

But Jehovah Nissi is an omnipotent God who needs no help protecting His covenanted nation. And His favor over the Israeli people is not contingent upon other nations’ choice to support them.

Israel is, indeed, the apple of God’s eye. But God’s Word clearly says those who bless Israel shall be blessed, and those who don’t will be cursed.

It’s in America’s interest to protect our relationship with God’s chosen people.

Obama golfs as the world burns.

13 Aug

Fabius to Obama:

‘When people are dying, you must come back from vacation’: French foreign minister seems to slam Obama for golfing while Iraq burns.

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  • Obama is on Martha’s Vineyard while Iraq undergoes regime change and terrorists slaughter ethnic and religious minorities

  • Calling heads of state to lobby participation in humanitarian assistance program – in between golf and fundraising

  • Washington Post columnist wrote that the president ‘risks fueling the impression that he is detached as the world burns’

By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor, Mailonline

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something.

‘I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,’ Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,’ but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.’

Full-time workers in France are guaranteed a whopping five weeks of paid vacation every year, making his plea all the more urgent.

Obama is on a family and golfing holiday in a ritzy neighborhood of Martha’s Vineyard but says he will come back to Washington briefly on Tuesday before returning to fun, sun, and more golf.

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius (C) visited Iraqi refugees in Nineveh province on Sunday, saying upon his return to France that vacations for certain world leaders should cease while people are dying there


As town after Iraqi town is conquered by ISIS, an Islamist terror group that claims it has established an ‘Islamic state,’ Obama’s approach has consisted so far of airlifting humanitarian supplies to victimized groups, protecting the aid drops with airstrikes, and begging for help from allies.

Britain, France, Italy and other European nations have backed the humanitarian assistance with material and personnel, reported The Wall Street Journal, which first broke news of the French diplomat’s criticism.

Meanwhile Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have been encouraging a nascent Iraqi government from a safe distance, while assuring Americans that the U.S. won’t enter another prolonged war with boots on the ground.

Eyebrows went up Wednesday in Washington, though, when the White House announced that Obama was leaning toward deploying ground troops to Mount Sinjar, a northern Iraqi hideout to which tens of thousands of Yadizis, a persecuted religious minority group, have led from ISIS.


Deputy press spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters that the president would green-light such an operation, led by U.S. Marines, if commanders in the field recommended it.

Less than four hours later, reporters observed troops landing on the mountaintop.

Obama, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Wednesday, is ‘open to recommendations in which the United States is helping to facilitate the removal of these people from the mountain on a humanitarian mission.’

That rescue mission, he told reporters, ‘is separate than saying U.S. forces are going to be redeployed in Iraq in a combat role to take the fight to [ISIS].’

Despite a busy series of negotiations and decision-trees, and the looking possible collapse of Iraq, Obama remains on vacation.

Fabius (L), like Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, are urging Iraqi leaders to form an inclusive government that could reduce sectarian tensions -- but he's doing it alongside Iraqi Deputy PM Hussain al-Shahristani, not from a beach villaFabius (L), like Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, are urging Iraqi leaders to form an inclusive government that could reduce sectarian tensions — but he’s doing it alongside Iraqi Deputy PM Hussain al-Shahristani, not from a beach villa
Missing in Washington: Hero worship, Massachusetts vacation style -- A crowd gathered to vie for a glimpse of Obama as he arrived for dinner at a Martha's Vineyard restaurant on Tuesday

Missing in Washington: Hero worship, Massachusetts vacation style — A crowd gathered to vie for a glimpse of Obama as he arrived for dinner at a Martha’s Vineyard restaurant on Tuesday

He has logged barely one-third as many vacation days as President George W. Bush did, but the timing of is being called into question.

‘Even presidents need down time, and Obama can handle his commander-in-chief duties wherever he is,’ Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote on Monday.

‘But his decision to proceed with his getaway just 36 hours after announcing the military action in Iraq risks fueling the impression that he is detached as the world burns.’

Since the communications and war apparatus of the commander-in-chief travels wherever the president goes, Obama can conduct matters of state from a Masachusetts vacation island almost as easier as he can from the Oval Office.

So reasons for his planned return to Washington on Tuesday, while it may please the French, remain a mystery.

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30 Jul


Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has unquestionably earned his place among the great defenders of liberty that this country has had in the past few decades.

It’s been amazing to watch his meteoric rise as a top conservative voice in Washington over just the past few years. It was the initial Benghazi and IRS scandal hearings where he created a name for himself as a vicious interrogator and a relentless pursuer of the truth.

Conservatives can’t wait to see him use his role as chair of the Benghazi Select Committee to subpoena Obama and Hillary and depose them for “hours and hours” so we can finally expose the massive coverup that this administration has perpetuated since September 12, 2014.

Here’s a compilation video from Breitbart with some of Gowdy’s best moments and greatest zingers in pursuing Benghazi thus far. And you know there’s going to be a lot more to come in the next few months.

Note that the video starts on the most powerful thing I believe Gowdy has ever said. After you watch that bit, make sure to watch the rest as well, and to spread this video everywhere.
The jury has NOT forgotten, America has NOT forgotten, and we will NEVER forget Benghazi.

Amazing. This is why we love Trey Gowdy. He’s fearless, fiery, passionate, intelligent, and has a sharp wit that makes him always fun to watch. And how can anyone not love that Southern drawl?

There’s no doubt that Speaker Boehner picked the right man for the job and we’re in good hands with this investigation. Go get ‘em, Trey.


23 Jul


While criticism continues to pour in, it doesn’t seem that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is all that bothered by what people outside of his country think of the efforts being made to squash Hamas and their reign of terror in Israel.

Netanyahu appeared on Fox News Sunday and in just three minutes explained why “Operation Protective Edge” is absolutely necessary to the survival of Israel. IJReview reports that the Israeli Prime Minister made three powerful points, which if correctly understood, completely justifies every course of action taken by the country so far.

The Israeli leader’s first point was that Israel will do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of its people from Hamas and other radical terror groups.

Netanyahu went on to state that Hamas was targeting massive areas of Israel, a point he drove home by using the U.S. in a powerful illustration.

“I just want your viewers to imagine the United States being bombarded not in one city or two cities, but in every city between New York and Colorado. 80% of your citizens would have to be in bomb shelters or ready to go into bomb shelters within a minute to minute-and-a half, max. No country can accept that, we can’t accept it, and we’ll take the necessary actions to stop it.”

The prime minister also discussed the difficulty in taking out Hamas rocket launchers, since the terror group often conducts their attacks from within urban areas, using fellow Palestinians as human shields, an act Netanyahu condemns as cowardly.

“Here’s the difference between us. We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu is absolutely right. The U.S. would never in a million years accept the kind of treatment that Israel has patiently endured for years. America would retaliate with a massive coordinated military strategy that would not only secure freedom and peace, but would obliterate the enemy ensuring they never return to cause trouble again.

This is precisely what Israel is attempting to do, the same action any country would take, yet liberals the world over are jumping on the pro-Hamas bandwagon, eagerly taking every opportunity they’re given to express their anti-Semitic views.

Hopefully President Obama will snap out of his anti-colonialist coma and see that Israel is being bullied and will be motivated to throw support behind their efforts to secure peace.

This Romney – Obama debate moment now haunting the president! 45 seconds

23 Jul obama

Mitt Romney saw this coming a long time ago, according to a video posted on IJ Review. “Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again,” he said to Obama during the third presidential debate in 2012. “I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin. I’m certainly not going to say to him, ‘I’ll give you more flexibility after the election.’ ”

Romney predicted exactly how Putin would respond to such attempts at appeasement: “After the election, he’ll get more backbone.”

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty, of course. There are many pundits who claim now to have seen all along what would happen in U.S. – Russia relations under a continued Obama presidency, just as there are many who predicted then that only Obama could keep the peace between the two countries.

Obama’s response, that Romney wanted to return the U.S. to the Cold War is equally telling. The Cold War had been “over for 20 years,” as Obama said. The president seems to forget, however, that it was Ronald Reagan’s policy of dealing with the Soviet Union from a position of strength that ended the Cold War.

Just as Obama’s appeasement seems poised to start it up all over again.

Mark Caserta: Immigration important to liberal cause

17 Jul


Jul. 17, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

The very sovereignty of the United States and the resolve of the American people to stand firmly upon the principles of our republic are being challenged by the crisis at our southern border.

In the second of my series of columns exposing the progressive movement in our country, we’ll examine the liberal ideology behind their desire to “reform” the immigration policies of the United States.

Many recall President Obama’s first inaugural address in January 2009 when he suggested we must begin “the work of remaking America.” Understand what liberals peddle as “reform” is simply the progressive unraveling of our nation’s laws and redefining them to help propagate the progressive movement. Necessary to this change is reconstructing the very landscape of America’s demographics and gradually whittling away at our constitution.

The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. America values the contributions of immigrants who continue to enrich this country and preserve its legacy as a land of freedom and opportunity.

However, America places no small value on the decision to become a U.S. citizen. To become a citizen you must apply for a “derived” or “acquired” citizenship through parents or apply for naturalization. The process requires a display of commitment to the United States and loyalty to its constitution. Their reward includes the rights and privileges afforded a U.S. citizen.

Integral to this process is “The Immigration and Nationality Act” set in place post-World War II and meant to control immigration into the United States. The law negated exclusion of immigrants based solely upon their country of origin, but protected our nation from those who were unlawful, immoral, diseased, politically radical, etc. and was accepting of those willing to assimilate into the U.S. economic, social and political structure.

Admittedly, poor enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws has rendered our borders porous far too long. But President Obama’s perceived open-door policy and his subsequent level of neglect of our nation’s borders is unprecedented! Among other things, it represents an unrestricted threat to our national security by anyone willing to exploit our vulnerabilities.

Make no mistake about it. Liberal reform of our nation’s immigration policies would render the current immigration laws null and void and virtually eliminate any incentive for immigrants to naturalize or assimilate into the culture of the United States, thereby having no ownership in its continuance.

But progressives thrive on arbitrary power, not the rule of law. They pursue immigration reform under the guise of humanitarianism while portraying conservatives as prejudiced and outright “haters” simply because we refuse to capitulate to those who would reframe America around their own cancerous liberal theology.

For liberals, bypassing the lawful assimilation of immigrants into the United States, among many potential deleterious effects, adds to a populace dependent upon a government willing to sustain it and devoid of any commitment to the sovereignty of our nation.

But most importantly, it broadens the scope of individuals, void of constitutional acumen, who may be dubiously proselytized into a predacious progressive movement.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.


9 Jul


Instead, He chose to drink a beer and shoot some pool…

Democratic congressman Henry Cuellar ripped President Obama for being “aloof” and “detached” by not visiting the Texas border to see first hand the immigration crisis. Cuellar made the comments on MSNBC:

“He’s so close to the border. And let me say this: when I saw, and I hate to use the word bizarre, but under the circumstances, when he is shown playing pool in Colorado, drinking a beer, and he can’t even go 242 miles to the Texas border, and plus, if he doesn’t want to go down to the border, there’s the Air Force Base where HHS is holding some of the young kids from the border. He could at least make that trip to San Antonio, but again, border community leaders wants to see him down there on the border, and I think the optics and the substance of it is that he should show up at the border,” said Cuellar.

And he had some advice for the White House.”If they are worried about putting a face, the president’s face, to this human crisis, humanitarian crisis, I think it’s worse if he doesn’t even show up. Either way, he’s going to be tied into this humanitarian crisis. he either can roll up his sleeves and go down to the border, or he can just look aloof and detached and not go to the border, send surrogates down there, and say that he’s got everything under control.”

He adds, “It Just floored me, because if he’s saying he’s too busy to go to the border but you have time to drink beer, play pool.”
The president was in Colorado last night — drinking beer and playing pool.


Mark Caserta: US foreign policy heartens aggressors

19 Jun


Jun. 19, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

The recent offensive launched by Sunni insurgents is the first real challenge to Iraq’s security since the American withdrawal in 2011. But the stakes are high for the United States as well.

America is only as secure as the strength we portray to the world in the integrity, determination and moral fiber of our leadership. Sadly, the fact that this administration is perceived as sorely lacking in these attributes is conducive to challenge.

A recent Washington Post editorial board column described Obama’s foreign policy as one based on “fantasy,” employed in a world in which the president believed “the tide of war” was receding and the United States could “without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces” as well as its tenacity in temperament.

“President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality,” the column read. “Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past.”

But leaders around the world are “old school” and operate in reality when it comes to military prowess.

An effective military isn’t simply based on its size and capability, but the enemy’s perception of its willingness to deploy assets if an immovable, non-negotiable line is crossed. And we can’t negotiate with terrorists. Conciliation empowers them.

President Obama did, however, make the right decision when he brought our troops home in 2011 to allow the Iraqis to take ownership of their own freedom. For years I’ve maintained that the U.S. has erred in thinking that freedom can be delivered by a U.S. carrier. Freedom’s value is relative to the price at which it was secured. In the case of the U.S., thousands of men and women have paid the ultimate price, not only to secure our freedom, but assist the Iraqis in achieving theirs.

But the naivete with which our commander-in-chief “trumpeted” our withdrawal was a huge military mistake brought on by political aspiration and was a gift to our enemies in the Middle East. And now any hesitancy to react with at least drone strikes to bolster the Iraqis and provide them a foothold would be foolish. But once again, the world is watching Obama’s passive and indecisive reaction to aggression.

The 4,500 Americans killed and the far larger number permanently wounded is too great of a price to pay to see all that they fought for lost. Iraq War veterans across the country are watching with dismay as the same insurgency they fought and defeated returns to control in Iraq.

The larger issue is that we have a president whose repetitive display of ineptness in dealing with our enemies is emboldening aggression across the globe.

The U.S. can only expect to avoid major military conflict by electing leadership able to reposition America in the eyes of our enemy.

And show the world the United States is unshakable about protecting our freedom.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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