Links for 9-26-2015

  • Andrew McCarthy takes Charles Krauthammer to task for criticizing Dr. Ben Carson’s observations about the incompatibility between sharia and the Constitution.

    The presidency is also unique because it is the only office for which the Constitution prescribes an oath. The president must swear to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Given that a mainstream interpretation of Islam requires Muslims to follow sharia, and that classical sharia is antithetical to our Constitution, there is no moral outrage in recognizing the dilemma the oath could pose for a devout Muslim.

    There is wisdom, not shame, in concluding that we’d rather not have to worry about the potentially divided loyalties of a Muslim president, just as the Constitution relieves us of worry over the potentially divided loyalties of a foreign-born president.

  • The Department of Defense confirmed that American-trained rebels who recently entered Syria turned over 25% of their equipment to the Al Nusrah Front, supposedly in exchange for safe passage through Al Nusrah-controlled territory. A CENTCOM spokesperson said, “If accurate, the report of NSF members providing equipment to Al Nusrah Front is very concerning and a violation of Syria train and equip program guidelines.” They’re in trouble now — they violated program guidelines.

  • Birth tourism is still a big business in the San Francisco area despite a supposed crackdown by the Department of Homeland Security.

  • The number of people killed in the Haj pilgrimage stampede rose to 769. The number of people injured rose to 934.

  • Russia and Estonia swapped two prisoners. The Russians returned Eston Kohver to Estonia — he’s the security officer who was kidnapped and taken across the border to Russia. Later the Russians convicted him of espionage and sentenced him to 15 years.