Why is the Islamic State treating Turkey as an ally?
The Islamic State is an unrecognized country bordered by Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and the Kurdish-controlled regions south of the Turkish border. The Islamic State is actively fighting the governments of Syria, Iraq, and the Kurds. However in Turkey, when the Islamic State bombed Ankara, they bombed the socialist, pro-Kurdish parties, who were protesting in opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his crypto-Islamist Justice and | Read More »
Welcome to Barack Obama’s Syrian War.
Ah, sorry: ‘conflict.’ That’s what we call wars when we don’t want to call them wars. It’s sort of a tradition, for Democrats: see Korea, Vietnam, and Serbia. At any rate: …and so it begins. The White House will announce Friday that a small number of U.S. special operations forces will be sent into Syria, according to a senior U.S. official. The senior U.S. official | Read More »
Death of US soldier in Iraq will not be classified as combat
Early Thursday morning, Iraq time, a unit of Kurd commandos with US advisors (I’m presuming Special Forces) raided an ISIS installation to free a large number of prisoners being held there, including about three dozen Iraqi government soldiers. In the course of the raid, one American was killed. An American soldier was killed on Thursday morning as American and Kurdish commandos raided an Islamic State | Read More »
Some idiot Obama administration official opened his/her pie-hole on arming Syrian Kurds.
You do NOT talk about this! You do not BRAG about this! You do not tell a reporter, you do not tell your mother, you do not tell your priest, you do not tell your spouse, you do not tell YOURSELF!
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The Russian infringement of Turkish airspace is bigger than it seems
One of the many dangers of the grotesque lack of leadership shown by the Obama administration is that it gets a lot of people killed and raises the risk of a multi-national armed conflict breaking out for not particular policy end. This is not a case of Napoleon’s dictum about it being necessary to break eggs to make an omelet. Rather this what the Obama | Read More »
The Syrian Humanitarian Crisis: another cost of the Iran nuclear deal
When Obama launched his ill-conceived plan to rid the world of Bashar Assad, he set into motion a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. We’ve covered that recent tragedy unfolding in southern and central Europe in some detail here (Leon, Erick, Moe). As tragic as it is we must never lose site of the fact that this crisis exists and it will get worse because of the way the Obama administration | Read More »
Obama’s Strategy to Combat ISIS Still Doesn’t Look Good
During his State of the Union speech on last Tuesday, one of the few proposals he made that I could approve of was his push for an Authorization of Military Force against ISIS. It’s a proposal that is long overdue. However, it unsurprisingly appears like we should not get our hopes up too much. On this past Thursday, the administration held a classified briefing with | Read More »
Kurds not invited to conference on combating ISIS
Amid the smoking ruins of Obama’s sophomoric attempts to stem the progress of ISIS, one of the few bright spots is the performance of the Kurds. Iraqi Kurds in particular but the Kurds in general have been our most reliable ally. Where the Iraqi army did a re-enactment of Johnny Hortons’ description of the British in his song, The Battle of New Orleans and the | Read More »
Obama and the betrayal of the Kurds
What is unfolding in the Syrian town of Kobane is a cautionary tale on the danger of alliance warfare and an object lesson of the fearsome duplicity of the Obama administration. If you have been following the story, there may be as many as 40,000 Kurds, residents and refugees, on the city of Kobane. They are just a few hundred yards from the Turkish border | Read More »
So What If The Junior Varsity ISIS Wins?
Image Credit: David Burge via The American Digest The truth comes to President Barack Obama gradually. It seeps in through his delusions of adequacy in quantum waveforms. One small packet of wavelets penetrates the smug cloud after another. We see a prime example of this in how he’s handled the predictable chaos in Iraq after His Eminence washed his hands of Mr. Bush’s Evil War | Read More »
CIA now directly arming Kurds.
When this came out, it was a ‘question’ who was doing it.
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Obama’s Iraq response is a waste of time
This afternoon US Navy F/A-18s launched from the USS George H W Bush struck ISIS targets in northern Iraq. This will go down in history as a strong contender for the “Too Little Too Late” award. Were thousands of people not being killed it would be a farce. The problem facing the United States in Iraq is both political and military. The root of the | Read More »
The central Iraqi government wants the Kirkuk oil fields bacHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Do not underestimate how seductive the promise of long-term stability can to be to somebody who currently lacks it.
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