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Independence for Scotland? It’s my heart vs. my head

by K.T. McFarland I admit it. I’m not a Scot, but like so many Americans, I’ve had a lifelong love affair with Scotland. My husband is Scottish-American, two of our children went to Scottish universities and we take annual vacations in Scotland. My husband collects Scotch whisky, we wear McFarland tartan kilts and we celebrate Hogmanay. Even the golf course we play on was copied from one in Scotland. So, while I can’t vote in this week’s referendum, I feel

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Obama’s ISIS plan = America’s third Iraq war

by K.T. McFarland President Obama has laid out his plan for defeating ISIS in the Middle East. It was a strong sounding speech on Wednesday night, well argued and touched all the right points. But it had two glaring shortcomings: there was nothing about homeland defense, and there was no mention of Plan B, if Plan A fails. Maybe the president does have a plan for a beefed up homeland defense in light of the new ISIS threat, and just

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ISIS hounds of Hell unleashed: How US can stop them

Picture-ISIS releases video of beheading 8.20.14

The Gates of Hell are open and the Hounds of Hell let loose. They are raping, torturing and beheading their way through Iraq and Syria, killing everyone who stands in their way – Americans, Christians, even their fellow Muslims. We can’t negotiate with them, or buy them off, or contain them. They cannot be rehabilitated or intimidated. They must be stopped in their tracks and killed. Evil doesn’t disappear with benign neglect; it grows, expands and is emboldened. The question

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Mr. Kerry, you’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to craft a new Middle East coalition

John Kerry Secretary of State caught on Hot Mic

By KT McFarland In the case of the Silver Blaze, Sherlock Holmes notices the guard dog didn’t bark on the night a famous racehorse was stolen, and he solves the crime when he deduces the dog must have known the thief. Most readers missed that clue because they were looking only for things that had happened. Holmes knew it was just as important to notice what had not happened. We’re in one of those moments now in Gaza. It’s not

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How Hamas plans to win by losing

Every few years there is another Hamas-Israel battle. It begins in the typical way – Hamas incites an incident, Israel responds, Hamas escalates by lobbing rockets into Israel, Israel moves to destroy Hamas’ weapons depots and rocket launchers in Gaza. It’s followed by a period of calm until Hamas begins the next round. It’s a standard, predictable routine. Yet every time the cycle runs again both sides have more advanced, lethal weapons. This time Hamas has longer range, more accurate

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