Andrew Lappin

Andrew Lappin is a Chicago based redeveloper and contributor to the Haym Salomon Center, a news and public policy group. Lappin serves on the board of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews; The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.

Our Unmasterful National Security Advisor

 

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and his predecessor Mike Flynn do not see eye to eye on Islamism. McMaster, from the now outdated CENTCOM playbook, is having none of the talk about Islamism. He continues to espouse the discredited Palestinian narrative, while dignifying the fraudulent accusation of Islamophobia. The Tillerson/McMaster axis is not likely to […]

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Terror Is Only a Symptom of a Greater Threat to Western Civilization

 

London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down, and President Donald Trump correctly proclaims, “We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people.” But what does keeping Americans safe — at least safer than Brits, who have now endured three major Islamist terror attacks since March — actually entail? […]

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Schumer’s Politics-First Career Disqualifies Him From Investigating Comey Firing

 

At the end of the day, the “public trust” is our most important national asset. Without public trust, the wheels fall off of our nation of laws. Can there be an act more loathsome than the intentional squandering of the public trust, for the sake of political gain? The congressional passage of the disastrous Obama-brokered […]

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Political Islam: Democracy’s Lurking Iceberg

 

Instead of a congratulatory call to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan two Sundays ago, perhaps President Donald Trump should have made a condolence call to the leaders of Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Since 2009, it is estimated that 4.5 million Turks have emigrated to those countries. In the Netherlands, 71 percent of […]

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‘Mad Dog’ Mattis’s Middle East Misunderstanding

 

Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis appears to be moving rapidly to the top of Donald Trump’s list of candidates for Secretary of Defense. Appointed during the Obama Administration from 2010 to 2013, Mattis headed the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), which has authority over all U.S. forces in the Mideast. Not reflected in his muscular […]

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AIPAC’s Untimely Reticence

 

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) needs to acknowledge that the post-Soviet era definition of “pro-Israel” has never been suitably re-cast. Communism, once the driving oppositional force, has been replaced by the ravenous 1,400-year-old political movement of radical Islam. Legislators and policy makers in democratic societies conflate the religion of Islam with the political […]

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De Blasio’s Dangerous Reaction to ISIS

 

The pavement in Chelsea where Ahmad Khan Rahami planted his bomb is finally cooling down. Mayor Bill de Blasio in a press conference is petitioning for an increase in Muslim immigrants, while imploring citizens not to allow fear of jihadist violence to stand in the way of diversity. And yet, this rose-colored opinion is very […]

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U.S.-Israel MOU: An Understanding That Is Disturbing

 

When I heard that the U.S. and Israel had inked a ten-year memorandum of understanding on defense aid, the first thing I thought of was the “understanding“ the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon thought he had with the Bush Administration in May 2003, that “housing could be built within the boundaries of certain settlement blocks […]

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Trump Lays Groundwork to ‘Provide for the Common Defense’

 

Pundits had a blast this past week ripping apart Trump’s Youngstown national security address.  And then there is Trump’s perspective, which calls to mind the “Simple Son” Jews read about each year in our Passover Haggadah. This simplicity, scorned by college-educated voters, enables Trump to speak about radical Islam in vastly more direct terms than […]

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The ‘Nifty Fifty’ Have Never Been Useful Anyway

 

Fifty of the nation’s leading security minds, all of whom have had “situation room” exposure at one time or another, have signed a public statement opposing Donald Trump’s presidential bid on the grounds that he “lacks the temperament to be president.” Branding themselves as “centrists,” the group includes former CIA and National Security Agency Director […]

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