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NATO v. ISIS?
NATO has struck in Iraq. Or, more precisely, two French Rafale warplanes bombed a storage depot in northern Iraq believed to be used by ISIS. Washington cheered the French attack as the first wave of NATO military operations against the new enemy du jour, ISIS or the Islamic State. French president...
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Why Obama’s ISIS Strategy is Incoherent
If there is a single word to describe Obama’s campaign against ISIS, it is “incoherent.” It doesn’t hold together even on its own terms. And in the context of a larger strategy for the Middle East it is delusional, even destructive of U.S. interests. The reason is that the U.S. doesn’t control the...
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Killed by Congressional Cowardice
We tend to think of war as resulting from an excess of aggression or disorderliness or rebellion. Western academics hunt in the genes of foreigners and study chimpanzees to find the root of the nastiness. But one would be hard press to count the number of people who have lost their lives to an...
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Gruesome Buddies: ISIS Beheadings and the American Death Penalty
We are going to war again in Iraq and expanding the bombing to Syria, the seventh country in the Middle East to be graced with American bombings since 2001 (not including Gaza-Palestine, where American bombs are piloted by Israeli largesse). We’re doing this why? Because two Americans and a Brit...
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CIA Hits 'Pause' on Espionage Against Friendly Western Governments
The CIA has stopped spying on allied governments in Western Europe in response to anger over a German caught selling intelligence documents to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of spying by the National Security Agency, according to an Associated Press exclusive . In early July,...
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Blocking a ‘Realist’ Strategy on the Mideast
Just last month President Barack Obama dismissed the idea of arming “moderate” rebels in Syria as a “fantasy” that was “never in the cards” as a workable strategy, but now this scheme has been dealt back into the middle of the U.S. war against the Islamic State, winning approval from solid...
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Syria and Ukraine: 'Do as I Say, Not as I Do'
Preachers say: Do as I say, not as I do. —John Selden, Preaching Today’s question is what is the difference between what the United States may or may not do in Syria and what Russia may or may not have done in the Ukraine. The main difference is that according to Vladimir Putin what happened in...
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UN Official Fears Act of 'Mass Murder in the Mediterranean'
Up to 500 Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians and Sudanese refugees and migrant workers died last week when their boat sank off the coast of Malta in what appears to be a deliberate ramming by human traffickers amounting to "mass murder," a United Nations official announced Friday. Survivors of the...
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The True Faces of Evil: Really Big Coloring Books Ask Our Children, What Are You Going To Do When Isis Comes For You?
Forget Spongebob and dinosaurs. Because it's never too early to teach fear and bigotry to your guileless toddlers, get them Really Big Coloring Books' newly issued "True Faces of Evil - Terror," featuring a color-in-the-lines update on global jihad to introduce ISIS - "See the man being crucified,...
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France Joins US War By Bombing Iraq
France launched its first airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Friday, making it the latest country to join in direct military attacks in the ever-expanding U.S.-led war on Iraq. "This morning, at 9:40 am, our Rafale aircraft carried out a first attack against a logistics...
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