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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No Safe Haven for Obstructionists
Sep12

No Safe Haven for Obstructionists

by Walter Brasch Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate minority leader, is not a happy man. He didn’t like it when Barack Obama was elected president. Just about the first thing McConnell said was that his main responsibility was to make sure that Mr. Obama was a one-term president. That vow drove McConnell’s and the Tea Party’s politics. They didn’t worry about the nation or the people. They worried about how to make Barack Obama...

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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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Remembering the 9/11 Pentagon Attack
Sep11

Remembering the 9/11 Pentagon Attack

The 13th anniversary of the September 11 attack on our nation dawned early with our military. Early this morning, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel along with the President and other dignitaries observed the anniversary at the Pentagon Memorial, Arlington, Virginia. This is some of what the Secretary of Defense had to say about those who lost their lives that day at the Pentagon: “We will never forget what happened on this day,...

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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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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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The President’s ISIL Speach
Sep10

The President’s ISIL Speach

I would have to describe tonight’s Obama speech as  clueless.  I’m not really criticizing Obama because there are really no answers here.  The area is a mess.  In 2013 uber hawk John McCain met with ISIS leaders and said we had to support them  to overthrow Assad while in 2014 he was inferring we had to support Assad to defeat ISIS.  Support for the so called “free Syrian army is a real Don Quixote moment –...

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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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Iraq: Another Day, Another Dam (Or Almost Déjà Vu)
Sep07

Iraq: Another Day, Another Dam (Or Almost Déjà Vu)

U.S. Forces around Haditha Dam — (Scroll to bottom) About three weeks ago, Iraqi and Kurdish forces, supported by American airstrikes retook the strategic Mosul Dam from Islamic extremists. At the time we reported on the importance of the Mosul Dam: The Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, the fourth largest in the Middle East, is an immensely strategic asset, resource and target, as it captures the flow of the Tigris River, providing...

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Rick Perry Loves the Troops, Hates Feeding Them
Sep07

Rick Perry Loves the Troops, Hates Feeding Them

Rick Perry Love the Troops, Hates Feeding Them By Jason Stanford Texas has a new refugee crisis on the border, and this time it’s not a bunch of kids. When Rick Perry deployed the National Guard to the border, he remembered to go on Fox News, pose with assault weapons, and brag to Republicans in Iowa. But he forgot to make sure that our National Guardsmen and women got paid and were fed. Now they are turning to food banks to...

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(Update) The Iraq ‘Candy Bombers’
Sep06

(Update) The Iraq ‘Candy Bombers’

Update: I had also posted this story at the Huffington Post. Today, at HuffPost, there was a very nice comment by the original “Candy Bomber” himself: Thank you Dorian for the “Candy Bombers of Iraq”, Master Sergeants Stephen Brown and Emily Edmonds. They make a great team. We are not the only ones who have passed a hard to get treat to the kids where we found them. George Washington’s troops did the same as they...

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Kerry: ISIL ‘An Ambitious, Avowed Genocidal, Territorial-Grabbing, Caliphate-Desiring, Quasi State…’
Sep06

Kerry: ISIL ‘An Ambitious, Avowed Genocidal, Territorial-Grabbing, Caliphate-Desiring, Quasi State…’

Destined for criticism from those who oppose any military action in curbing or stopping ISIL’s rampage and atrocities, President Obama on Friday appeared to have received assurances for support and cooperation from “at least nine allies,” at the NATO Summit in Wales, according to the New York Times. Those allies, referred to by Secretary of Defense Hagel as the “core coalition,” are Britain, France, Australia, Canada, Germany,...

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A Quacked-Up Strategy to Stop Terrorism
Sep06

A Quacked-Up Strategy to Stop Terrorism

Just about everyone has an opinion of what President Obama should do about the ISIS threat in Iraq. Many of the suggestions have come from the architects of America’s latest invasion of Iraq who claimed the nine year war that led to more than 25,000 deaths and 110,000 injuries among American and coalition troops would last not more than six months. Whatever the President does or doesn’t do, a rabid minority will attack him and stuff...

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The ‘Caliphate Effect’: New Horizons for Global Jihad (Le Figaro, France)
Sep04

The ‘Caliphate Effect’: New Horizons for Global Jihad (Le Figaro, France)

Beyond the media hype, its challenge to al-Qaeda Inc, and its devilishly-effective video atrocities, what is the threat posed by the rise of the Islamic State? For Le Figaro, international editor in chief Arnaud de La Grange writes that the greatest danger posed by IS is the inspiration it provides to the lost, to the desperate, and to the angry, ‘from Fallujah to the suburbs of Europe.’ For Le Figaro, Arnaud de La Grange...

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West Must Not Allow Kiev to ‘Internationalize the War’ (Die Zeit, Germany)
Sep03

West Must Not Allow Kiev to ‘Internationalize the War’ (Die Zeit, Germany)

On the eve of one of NATO’s most consequential summits since the Cold War ended, how far should the West go in defending Ukraine from Russian aggression? For Germany’s Die Welt, columnist Ludwig Greven writes that Kiev’s purpose in asserting that Russia has ‘invaded’ is to draw the U.S. and E.U. into what could be a disastrous confrontation, and that people have to face the facts: the West would not and...

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