ISIS death threats and child beheadings force ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ forced to flee Iraq
Oct27

ISIS death threats and child beheadings force ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ forced to flee Iraq

The “Vicar of Baghdad” has quit Iraq after death threats and the beheading of children attached to his church by Islamic terrorists. Canon Andrew White, vicar of Baghdad’s St. Georges, Iraq’s only Anglican church, said the only answer to the terrorism and killing by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) was American “boots...

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Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)
Oct25

Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)

It has been eight months since the beginning of the Euromaiden protests, the toppling of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych and the current crisis over Ukraine. This editorial from Russia’s Gazeta takes stock of what Russia has gained and lost, and freely admits that in terms of the Russian social contract, ‘sausage in exchange for freedom can be considered terminated: the trend now is not sausage, not freedom – but...

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Military Weekend: Welcome Home Hugs and Kisses
Oct25

Military Weekend: Welcome Home Hugs and Kisses

Our troops continue to deploy to West Africa, to other trouble spots and on routine operations and maneuvers around the world. However, as our mission in Afghanistan winds down and other missions and operations are completed, thousands of them are fortunate to be coming home, to their loved ones. Of all the military images, these are some of my most favorite. I hope they are yours, too. As you enjoy your weekend, think of our troops...

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(Updated) The Fight for Kobani Continues
Oct21

(Updated) The Fight for Kobani Continues

Update: The Pentagon confirmed today that one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies airdropped by U.S. forces to Kurdish fighters in Syria “most likely” fell into enemy hands, but that a majority “reached their intended recipients. “One bundle worth of equipment is not enough equipment to give the enemy any type of advantage at all,” Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Steve Warren told reporters. “It’s a...

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Of Oil and Ethnic Cleansing: Allow Me to Explain the Turks (La Stampa, Italy)
Oct20

Of Oil and Ethnic Cleansing: Allow Me to Explain the Turks (La Stampa, Italy)

Despite Turkey’s attempts to explain why it’s 400,000 man NATO military stands by passively as the Islamic State commits murder and mayhem a stone’s throw away – the world remains baffled. Is Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insane? Is he in cahoots with the terrorists? And why such an obsession about opposing the long-suffering, nation-deprived Kurds? Answering these questions in an amazing walk through...

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Cartoon: Turkey and the siege of Kobani
Oct19

Cartoon: Turkey and the siege of Kobani

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Operation ‘United Assistance’ in Images
Oct17

Operation ‘United Assistance’ in Images

We have been doing our best to report on the training, deployment and activities of our troops who are helping in the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa: Operation United Assistance. The Department of Defense has an entire web site devoted to Operation United Assistance. There is a wealth of information at the site not only on our troops’ activities but also on the Ebola disease itself, its origins and how...

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Obama Authorizes Call-up of National Guard Troops to Fight Ebola, If Needed
Oct16

Obama Authorizes Call-up of National Guard Troops to Fight Ebola, If Needed

President Obama today signed an Executive Order authorizing The Department of Defense to order to active duty reserve and National Guard personnel “as necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of Operation United Assistance, which is providing support to civilian-led humanitarian assistance and consequence management support related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West...

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Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)
Oct15

Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)

What’s wrong with calling the newest terrorist scourge ‘the Islamic State’? Beyond handing the group an easy propaganda victory by conferring upon it attributes it lacks and doesn’t deserve, it contributes to the destruction of language and discourse by assigning false names and descriptions to all kinds of things, concepts and people. Columnist Jose Vitor Malheiros of Portugal’s Publico describes the...

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The French American – A True Story
Oct14

The French American – A True Story

It is a story of idyllic young love in Nazi-occupied France, suddenly and heartbreakingly cut short — but never abandoned or forgotten. It is a story of bravery and patriotism. It is a story of war, intrigue, “La Résistance,” invasion and eventual liberation. It is also a story of hope and sheer perseverance on the part of a World War II veteran who, at age 93, is still a hopeless romantic. His name is John...

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The Sun Also Rises in Iraq
Oct13

The Sun Also Rises in Iraq

I find the photo above, of a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules pilot scanning over central Iraq as the sun rises and his crew returns to base, to be a poignant reminder that our troops in, around and over Iraq are risking their lives not only to combat the ISIL terrorists but also to render desperately needed humanitarian aid to the innocent victims of this murderous group. This C-130 is returning “home” after conducting a resupply...

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(Updated) Ebola Crisis – U.S. Military: ‘It’s Our Job’
Oct13

(Updated) Ebola Crisis – U.S. Military: ‘It’s Our Job’

Update: The Australian government will not send doctors or nurses to West Africa to help contain the Ebola crisis until it is certain “all of the risks are being properly managed”, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has said, according to The Guardian. Parts of Prime Minister Abbott’s remarks, as reported by The Guardian: “We aren’t going to send Australian doctors and nurses into harm’s way without being absolutely confident that all...

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Dempsey on Kobani and on ‘Boots on the Ground’
Oct12

Dempsey on Kobani and on ‘Boots on the Ground’

As the U.S. continues to launch airstrikes against ISIL terrorists around the besieged Syrian town of Kobani, on the frontier with NATO member Turkey, ISIL continues to make advances and threatens to overrun and capture the entire town — two days ago they controlled almost half the town. The fall of Kobani would not only be a disaster to Kurds in and around the town and to Kurdish autonomy in the region, but would also be a blow...

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Let Women Serve in Combat
Oct10

Let Women Serve in Combat

Let Women Serve in Combat By Jason Stanford There was joke that made the rounds when Bill Clinton was trying to figure out how to allow gays in the military without upsetting morale. “Gays in the military,” the joke went. “Next thing you know they’ll want to be interior decorators!” Of course, gays have always served in our military. Now, after long last, they can serve openly, and as it turns out it is...

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Ebola Crisis: Amidst ‘Hysteria’ and Criticism, Troops Move Forward
Oct09

Ebola Crisis: Amidst ‘Hysteria’ and Criticism, Troops Move Forward

A majority of Americans support banning all flights to the United States from countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak, according to an “exclusive” NBC News online survey. The Liberian ambassador in Washington, Jeremiah Sulunteh, fears his country could be close to collapse from the Ebola outbreak and there are pleas for support from the international community, according to BBC News. Donald Trump came out firing today and criticized...

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Leon Panetta and Jimmy Carter’s Irrational Attacks On Obama
Oct09

Leon Panetta and Jimmy Carter’s Irrational Attacks On Obama

There has been a lot of criticism of Obama’s Middle East policy from those of both parties who fail to recognize that we were placed in a situation with no good outcome the moment George Bush invaded Iraq. Leon Panetta has been all over the talk shows promoting his book, which echoes the criticism of Obama from Hillary Clinton. Seeing the poor logic in these attacks makes me glad that Obama as opposed to either Clinton or a Republican...

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Bill Maher Reconsidering Idea Of Voting For Rand Paul Due To His Denial Of Climate Change
Oct08

Bill Maher Reconsidering Idea Of Voting For Rand Paul Due To His Denial Of Climate Change

Bill Maher has previously said he might consider voting for Rand Paul if he were to run against Hillary Clinton for president in 2016. It is certainly understandable why someone might give this a thought in light of Clinton’s hawkish foreign policy views but this idea breaks down with a closer look at Rand Paul. Maher found that Paul is not as anti-war as he would prefer, but another issue is a real deal-breaker: Maher said he was...

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Obama’s ‘Failed Experiment’ Proves Only America Can Maintain Order (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Oct05

Obama’s ‘Failed Experiment’ Proves Only America Can Maintain Order (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

How should the world react to America’s return to the role as world’s top cop? For Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung, columnist Nicolas Richter writes that misgivings over NSA mass surveillance and past military adventures notwithstanding, the world is breathing a sigh of relief to see the United States return to the role of maintaining a ‘basic level’ of global order, particularly with a multilateralist in...

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President Thanks  the Troops (Video)
Oct04

President Thanks the Troops (Video)

President Obama today released a video thanking the troops “for their dedicated service in Afghanistan, in the fight against ISIL in the Middle East and against Ebola in West Africa, and all the men and women who serve the nation in uniform”. The message aired during the Air Force-Navy football game on American Forces Network, which is broadcast to troops worldwide and which, by the way, the Air Force Falcons WON!! After remarks on...

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DOD: America’s Sons and Daughters in Liberia Will Be Protected from Ebola
Oct04

DOD: America’s Sons and Daughters in Liberia Will Be Protected from Ebola

As the White House seeks to reassure Americans that the U.S. health-care system is “well-equipped to treat the virus and stop it from spreading,” and “is prepared to deal with this crisis,” the Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies are also busy reassuring the public that our troops — 4,000 of them — to be deployed to West Africa to help with the Ebola crisis “ will receive the best equipment and...

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