WaPo might be insinuating Obama’s strategy won’t work
I’ve been doing a lot of WaPo reading lately, and I’m starting to notice a trend there and in the rest of the liberal media – there is a definite wariness on the part of the journalism elite regarding the Middle East. They posted a story with a headline you might not expect to see from them, “As U.S. takes on the Islamic State, al-Qaeda | Read More »
First Infantry Division Headquarters ordered to Iraq
This is a follow up to my post yesterday. Via the Army Times: The 1st Infantry Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq in the coming weeks as the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, officials announced Thursday. The Big Red One, of Fort Riley, Kansas, will be the first division headquarters to go to Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in 2011. About 500 | Read More »
Combat pay authorized for US advisors in Iraq; combat operations on case-by-case basis.
Back in June, when the potential October Surprise of military action against ISIS was only a dim gleam in Obama’s eye, some 300 US advisors were deployed to Iraq. What was notable about this deployment was that they were not authorized combat pay. As I noted at the time: It is difficult to see how we help Iraqis “take the fight to the terrorists” if | Read More »
The French Fight the War of Words Right: Call ISIS “Daesh”
I need not elaborate on the ridicule that the American public heaped upon President Obama for describing the Islamic State as “un-Islamic”, and much as I agree with said ridicule, I can understand the logic of the decision. After all, one tactic for fighting your enemies is to call the not the true representatives of their ideology, country, religion, and so on. Still, I am | Read More »
2012: Joe Biden slams Mitt Romney for… being right about Iraq, Syria, and Russia.
I honestly and truly do not like to tell people that the best thing that they can do for the Republic is not to vote. But… …if Joe Biden’s argument here swayed you – if the thought that Mitt Romney, if elected, would try to: Reverse our withdrawal of troops from Iraq (there’s a heck of a lot of people in ISIS-held territory that wish we | Read More »
The Power of Changed Minds
Should any Republican step to any microphone and announce he has changed his mind on global warming, the press will hail him as a hero. He has taken new evidence, processed it, and changed his mind. Should any Republican do the same on gay marriage, tax increases, or a host of other matters, the same will happen. The media heralds changed minds, particularly when the | Read More »
Easy guide to Obama and the War Powers Resolution
When Obama gave his speech on September 10, promising to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, it was interesting for what it said and didn’t say. Obama laid out a four part strategy for defeating ISIS. The most notable thing it didn’t say was that Obama intended to ask Congress for authority to wage a war against ISIS that would, at a minimum, encompass two countries, one of | Read More »
Congress Must Reject President Obama’s Plan for the Syrian Rebels
We as a nation must do something about ISIS. The organization is a threat to our national security. If we do not kill them now, they will come here to kill us. They are not a rational player. They are an apocalyptic player. They do not just have expansionist desires. They have desires to bring about the end of the world to usher in the | Read More »
The Obama administration lied about the situation in Iraq
As we are on the cusp of watching helplessly as Islamic extremists carve a caliphate out of Iraq and Syria we need to ask how did we get in this mess. Though we know we left Iraq precipitously because of Obama’s political calculations we’re only now finding out that the administration was aware the situation was unraveling and lied about it. In an Ask Me | Read More »
The ‘No Strategy’ Strategy
First, a bit of self-promotion. This is my nationally syndicated column. Surely you want to call your local paper and ask them to run it. It is from Creators Syndicate. Any pushing of your local media outlets would be appreciated by me. — Erick President Obama addressed the nation this past Wednesday night to outline his strategy for combating ISIS. Having declared the War on | Read More »
Flashback 2007: Bush was Right about Iraq
The events in Iraq over the past few months have given us ample time to reflect on the consequences of Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq he undertook in 2011. However, as Megyn Kelly notes on her Fox News show, one man saw all of this coming: President George W. Bush. Though he was ridiculed and excoriated for insisting that America maintain a substantial military presence in the | Read More »
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, Barack Obama
, George Bush
, Islamic State
France leading the way in helping Iraqi Christians. Will America step up?
In a previous post, I wrote about how France was taking the lead on responding to the humanitarian crisis that is the plight of Christians in Iraq.* Recently, France24, the country’s official international news station (like the BBC World Service, RT, or Deutsche Welle), posted a segment (in English) on the country’s efforts to settle the Iraqi Christians to whom it has granted asylum. You can watch the | Read More »
Tags: assyrian christians
, Barack Obama
, Chaldean Catholics
, Foreign Policy
, Iraqi Christians
, Islamic State
Rand Paul’s Transparent Duplicity on Iraq
Watching Rand Paul come to a decision on foreign policy can be a dizzying experience, even for seasoned watchers of the career of Mitt Romney. Two short months ago, as ISIS was already rampaging across the Iraqi countryside, Rand Paul went on MSNBC and declared that Obama was doing a fine job in Iraq and that any problems that occurred there were the fault of | Read More »
The Only Answer to the Evil of ISIS: Eliminate it By Force
Yesterday I visited a museum that had a WWII exhibit which contained snapshots of newspaper headlines published just prior to the beginning of the war between Nazi Germany and Poland, and they reminded me of some similarities to our current geopolitical situation. Before Hitler’s steamrolling of Poland and most of Europe via blitzkrieg, various politicians in Europe attempted to negotiate with Hitler, allowed him to | Read More »
Alleged ISIS laptop had a checklist for creating bioweapons.
The details of the materials quoted in that Foreign Policy article are sufficiently detailed that I’m not comfortable repeating them: you never know what foreign bad actors might be trolling this site for intel.
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