Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Obama and the Middle East
Sep15

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Obama and the Middle East

OF RELATED INTEREST: –Reality impinges on Obama’s Middle East strategy [Commentary] –Barack Obama’s Iraq plan is sound but the Middle East is a graveyard for good intentions –Obama has a chance to reset American leadership –Arab Nations Offer to Fight ISIS From Air Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic...

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Germany Bans Islamic State After Hundreds Of Residents Enlist
Sep15

Germany Bans Islamic State After Hundreds Of Residents Enlist

Germany on Friday banned the extremist militant group Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, as the country faces the challenge of stopping hundreds of Germans from joining the group. The move is just one step away from declaring the group a terrorist organization. The ban will come into effect from 10:00 a.m. GMT (6:00 am...

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Are we a match for ISIS?
Sep14

Are we a match for ISIS?

Are we a match for ISIS? It’s quite possible we’re not. The numbers are daunting. The CIA estimates that ISIS has a fighting strength of 20,000 — at minimum. The high-end estimate is 31,500. Back in June, the Agency estimated that ISIS topped out at about 10,000 soldiers. But after its June 10 offensive that swept northern Iraq (explained in the above video), ISIS’ recruiting surged. Moreover, the group captured...

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Cameron: ‘The Murder Of David Haines Is An Act Of Pure Evil’
Sep14

Cameron: ‘The Murder Of David Haines Is An Act Of Pure Evil’

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron condemned Saturday the apparent beheading of British aid worker David Haines by the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS. The militant group released a video it claimed showed the execution of the 44-year-old father of two. “The murder of David Haines is an act of pure evil. My heart goes...

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ISIS, Obama And The Mother Of All Conspiracy Theories
Sep13

ISIS, Obama And The Mother Of All Conspiracy Theories

Thirteen years ago, the U.S. was the victim of an attack that sparked numerous conspiracy theories. Al Qaeda’s assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon led to all manner of weird and wacky theories, suggesting the American government abetted the terrorists who killed thousands of its citizens. In the 13 years since 9/11,...

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The ISIL Debate:  There Are Virtually No Winners
Sep12

The ISIL Debate: There Are Virtually No Winners

The ongoing national debate on what to do, or not to do, about the ISIL threat — or whether it is even a threat — is probably the most intense and divergent debate since the one we had about the Iraq War and its legacy. There are those who do not believe ISIL poses a threat at all to Americans or America — and/or “is not our problem” — and, therefore, we should do nothing. There are those who agree with the...

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As Shown Again in Iraq, France Must Reject ‘Subjection’ to the United States (Le Figaro, France)
Sep12

As Shown Again in Iraq, France Must Reject ‘Subjection’ to the United States (Le Figaro, France)

After France’s rejection of the Iraq War resolution at the U.N. Security Council, has France retreated from its independent course, only to march in lock step with the United States? For Le Figaro, senior international correspondent Renaud Girard reminds readers of how prescient the non-aligned France of General Charles de Gaulle and Dominique de Villepin have proven to be, and advises French leaders that for the good of France...

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Obama’s Coalition Of the Unwilling To Actually Do Anything
Sep12

Obama’s Coalition Of the Unwilling To Actually Do Anything

The more I think about President’s Obama speech last night the more upset I become.  Secretary of State John Kerry was in Saudi Arabia today and the most they offered was moral support.  The same applies to Germany and Great Britain and the attitude of Turkey is especially disturbing.  The reality is the United States is probably less threatened  than any of the the countries in the Middle East and Europe.   They continue to...

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The new politics of foreign policy
Sep11

The new politics of foreign policy

The new politics of foreign policy (Changes throughout to reflect President Obama’s speech on the Islamic State) By E.J. DIONNE JR. WASHINGTON — Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the...

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13 Years On, Our Choice Is Between America and Fear
Sep11

13 Years On, Our Choice Is Between America and Fear

The politics of our nation since 9/11 have been the politics of fear. Because of fear that one of us is a terrorist, we’ve allowed our intelligence services to listen into our private conversations; because of fear of terrorists from abroad, we have killed innocent people in foreign nations (supposedly to protect ourselves here); because of fear that our planes will get blown up, we let government agents put their hands on our...

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A Nation Addicted To War & Other Big Takeaways From Obama’s ISIS Address
Sep11

A Nation Addicted To War & Other Big Takeaways From Obama’s ISIS Address

President Obama has been fairly sparing in his prerogative of pre-empting prime-time television to address the nation over the last five and a half years, but last night’s address was a doozy. Here are the big takeaways: (1.) Hard to believe, but Barack Obama may be best remembered not as the president who rescued the economy and then provided millions of Americans access to decent health care, but as starting a war against the...

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Chris Matthews Didn’t Hear Enough From President Obama
Sep11

Chris Matthews Didn’t Hear Enough From President Obama

Given how much Matthews has supported the President it’s a bit of a blow to his...

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The President: We Will Degrade, and Ultimately Destroy, ISIL
Sep10

The President: We Will Degrade, and Ultimately Destroy, ISIL

In a high-stakes prime-time address to the nation from the State Floor of the White House tonight, President Obama described the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group and laid out his much-awaited strategy for “degrading and ultimately destroying” ISIL. Predictably, it is a strategy that some will applaud, but many more will attack as being either too much or not enough to combat the ISIL threat. Even before his address...

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Obama Speech Says.. Well Not A Whole Lot (Plus Some Net Reaction)
Sep10

Obama Speech Says.. Well Not A Whole Lot (Plus Some Net Reaction)

Click here to learn more President Obama spoke this evening about plans for dealing with ISIL (or ISIS) and to be honest really didn’t say a lot new. This would have been the case with any President speaking so it’s not a condemnation of him. Indeed I am not sure we *need* all kinds of details. There is such a thing as need to know. Basically we’re going to work together to stop ISIS/ISIL This would include air...

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The Weak Sisters of Europe
Sep09

The Weak Sisters of Europe

Europe refuses to remember its history. Perhaps it’s because that might entail doing something to prevent history from repeating itself. The Russian “invasion” of Ukraine with the goal of the eastern Ukrainian states achieving independence and becoming part of a greater Russia is reminiscent of Hitler’s grab of the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia in 1938. Hitler’s pretext was that German speakers in the Sudetenland wanted to be part...

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Rescuing Foley and Sotloff
Sep09

Rescuing Foley and Sotloff

A real, and clever, attempt was made to find and rescue the two American captives of ISIS in Syria. It is described by Nicholas Schmidle in the New Yorker. The [FBI] agents hoped that the European former hostages could help them find these missing Americans. The agents listened as the former hostages relived their ordeals—recalling where they had been detained and how they had been treated by their captors. They both said that they...

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What To Do and Not To Do about ISIL
Sep08

What To Do and Not To Do about ISIL

I have seldom seen such a dichotomy both in what Americans perceive to be the threat posed by ISIL and in the range of actions armchair generals, real generals, politicians, military experts and pundits say we should take against ISIL. The threat is viewed all the way from being “strictly local, of no concern to Americans,” to “America and the entire Western civilization are about to become a Caliphate of decapitated infidels,”...

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Islamic State Barbarism Ignites Long-Absent Muslim Soul Searching (Die Zeit, Germany)
Sep08

Islamic State Barbarism Ignites Long-Absent Muslim Soul Searching (Die Zeit, Germany)

Since September 11, a continuing concern in the West has been the perception of a lack of Muslim introspection over the use of Islam as a fulcrum for terrorism. Now, with the emergence of the Islamic State, the most bestial, immoral and nihilistic band of terrorists the modern world has ever known, such a dialogue among the Muslim intelligentsia and average people alike appears to have begun. For Germany’s Die Zeit, columnist...

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Is Barack Obama Being Judged Too Harshly On Foreign Policy?  Yes and No.
Sep08

Is Barack Obama Being Judged Too Harshly On Foreign Policy? Yes and No.

In the ceaseless sturm und drang over Barack Obama’s foreign policy and the U.S.’s response to the many conflicts abroad, two important questions are not being asked: Isn’t the world different than it was even 10 years ago, let alone 50 years ago, and isn’t it unfair to judge the president without taking that into account? The answer is both yes and no. Yes, because while the U.S. remains the sole superpower...

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Beware Perpetuating NATO by Fanning Flames with Russia (Le Figaro, France)
Sep07

Beware Perpetuating NATO by Fanning Flames with Russia (Le Figaro, France)

With heavy weapons crassly strewn across the NATO Summit golf course apparently ready for immediate delivery and the largest assembly of world leaders ever to appear at one time on British soil, is the NATO Alliance over-hyping the threat posed by Russia to justify its existence and mask it’s lack of a strategy to deal with the Islamic State? For France’s Le Figaro, world affairs columnist Pierre Rousselin warns that the...

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