The Patriot Post® · Terrorists Target Turkey

By Gary Bauer ·

ISIS-inspired terrorism from Syria and Iraq is increasingly spilling over into Turkey. The nation has been rocked by a series of recent bombings that have killed nearly 100 people since the beginning of the year.

Today, there are credible reports that a major ISIS attack targeting Jewish children is “imminent.” The intelligence was obtained from six ISIS jihadis who were arrested last week.

Various media outlets are now reporting that the Pentagon and the State Department have ordered the evacuations of family members of diplomats and military personnel in southern Turkey. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged Israeli tourists to leave Turkey immediately.

Common sense Still Prevails

Reasonable people can disagree about whether there should be a total ban on Muslim immigration. I have argued that we need to institute serious screening efforts in our immigration policies.

Not only must we keep out possible terrorists, but I would argue that we should not allow into the country immigrants of any faith who embrace hatred toward Christians and Jews, or any faith. We don’t need haters coming into America.

But when leading political figures have suggested we need a time out on Muslim immigration, not only do the media and many liberals go crazy, but significant Republican leaders join them in piling on.

Well, they may want to call their offices. A new poll finds that 50% of all voters support a temporary ban on Muslims coming to the United States. That includes 34 percent of likely Democrat voters and 49 percent of independents. Just 38% oppose a temporary ban on Muslim immigration.

Here’s more: 49% of voters, including 35% of Democrats and 46% of independents, support more surveillance of Muslim communities. Only 36% of voters oppose additional surveillance of Muslim communities.

And more Americans (45%) support the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, than oppose them (35%).

On each of these issues the public supports the conservative position, but many establishment politicians are shocked. Part of this problem stems from the fact that too many Washington elites spend too much time reading the editorial pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post and not enough time connecting with the American people!

Quite frankly, more Americans support these commonsense proposals than much of the right’s economic agenda like cutting Social Security and more trade deals.

Once again, on culture and values — issues like immigration policy, marriage, life, what America is about — too many politicians too often preemptively surrender and allow the left to redefine us.

Kudos To Gov. Rick Scott

Friday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation cutting off taxpayer dollars to abortion clinics. The new law has a direct impact on the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Florida now becomes the 12th state in the nation to end taxpayer-funding to Planned Parenthood.

Predictably, the left is crying crocodile tears. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards blasted the new bill as “cruel” and “designed to rip health care away from those most at risk.”

Richards added that “thousands of people across Florida may no longer be able to access essential reproductive health care, such as cancer screenings, birth control, and well-woman exams.”

That is an absurd claim. According to Planned Parenthood’s website, it operates 22 centers in Florida.

But as John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, noted, “there are 636 Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites and Rural Health Clinics in the state of Florida… These FQHCs provide far more care, not less, than the limited services that Planned Parenthood and similar abortion-centric facilities provide.”