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We are at war; we are in danger; destroy ISIS

Let's say it loud and often. If we want to destroy ISIS, we can destroy ISIS. Perhaps I am stating the obvious, but I want to state it anyway. Why? Because I am not hearing it enough.

We need determination. We need to be unflinching. We need to be focused on the goal of destroying ISIS. We are at war. Our homeland is in danger. [We need] a coherent plan for destroying ISIS and telling America, "We can do this." That is leadership.

It may not be exactly comparable to Pres. Reagan's often-repeated goal of defeating Soviet communism and his message that yes, "We can do it." But now is the time for our leaders to say we can destroy ISIS.

Why have we not called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to get a war resolution through immediately? And why hasn't Congress already passed a new authorization for the use of military force? And why have we not called an emergency conference of our Arab allies in the Middle East, to declare war and organize a campaign to destroy ISIS?

Source: Townhall column, "We can destroy ISIS", by Lawrence Kudlow , Nov 21, 2015

Iran nuclear deal lets Iran continue sponsoring terrorism

[In the Iran nuclear deal, there is no provision for putting political restraints on Iran. That is, there is nothing in this deal that would force Iran to change its terrorist ways. Iran will continue to be the No. 1 state sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East, no matter what the deal.

There could be a U.S.-Iran deal that postpones Iran's nuclear weaponization for 10 or more years. But Iran will continue to sponsor its terrorist proxies, like Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, keep proxy troops in Syria, further its designs on Yemen and confront Sunni Saudi Arabia. And don't forget, the US has labeled Iran's own Quds Force and Revolutionary Guard as terrorists.

This is why economic sanctions are crucial. Western-nation sanctions are slowly but surely smashing the Iranian economy. We have effectively stopped the flow of money and oil for Iran. The Iranian budget, which dominates the state-run economy, needs $130 a barrel. Today's $50 price is an economic killer.

Source: Townhall column, "Force Iran to change", by Lawrence Kudlow , Apr 11, 2015

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