US could send advisers into combat against Islamic State: Dempsey
Sep16

US could send advisers into combat against Islamic State: Dempsey

The US military’s top officer on Tuesday raised the possibility that American troops serving as advisers to Iraqi forces could eventually be sent on combat missions against Islamic State extremists. “To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL (IS group) targets,...

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Realism About ISIS
Sep16

Realism About ISIS

Kevin Drum suggests that poll data may show surprising realism among respondents about the threat posed by ISIS on Mother Jones. Hawkish Republicans have been running around for the past month insisting that ISIS terrorists are a direct threat to the United States, and therefore we have to fight them in Iraq so they don’t come over here and start killing helpless women and small children en masse.   But apparently hardly...

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Finding the right words for the fight against ISIS (Guest Voice)
Sep16

Finding the right words for the fight against ISIS (Guest Voice)

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. . . . The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.” — William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” Republicans were berating Secretary of State John Kerry last week for calling the fight against ISIS a “counter-terrorism operation”… Trudy Rubin: Finding the right words for the fight...

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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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Cartoon: Dogs of War
Sep15

Cartoon: Dogs of War

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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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Cartoon: ISIS Partners
Sep14

Cartoon: ISIS Partners

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Islamic State video purports to show killing of British aid worker David Haines
Sep13

Islamic State video purports to show killing of British aid worker David Haines

BEIRUT – Video has been posted online purporting to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of British aid worker David Haines, who went missing in Syria last year. The video emerged hours after the family of Haines issued a public plea on Saturday urging his captors to contact them. Islamic State militants have beheaded… Islamic State video purports to show killing of British aid worker David...

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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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What if this doesn’t work?
Sep12

What if this doesn’t work?

WASHINGTON — President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good. That’s the bottom line from Obama’s sober address to the nation. The president made his decision cautiously, reluctantly, even painfully. But make no mistake: The pledge to “destroy” the Islamic State is a long-term commitment, and...

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ISIS and the Nazis
Sep12

ISIS and the Nazis

Whither the Islamic State? That’s a real double-edged question: where is the group otherwise known as ISIS headed, and can the United States and other civilized nations make it shrivel up and die? The group is and has taken off like a bat out of hell, gobbling up territory and becoming a virtual murder machine. President Barack Obama’s speech on his plan to try to eliminate the ISIS threat could not have come soon enough...

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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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