Is the Intelligence Community whitewashing ISIS reports?
If this pans out… well, good lord. More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned. The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact | Read More »
Iran Raises Tension in Middle East with Ship Seizure
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Jim Phillips to discuss the latest on the Iran nuke negotiations, the country’s involvement in the Yemen civil war and today’s seizing of a commercial ship by Iranian navel forces.
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Obama’s foreign policy: Cluster f*** or g-d freefall?
When a coalition of Arab armies intervened in Yemen this week to suppress an imminent take over of that predominantly (about 65%) Sunni nation by a Iran-backed Shiite militia, the same militia that disarmed US Marines as it tossed them out of the country, the United States was caught by surprise. As the invading coalition was led by Saudi Arabia, a multi-generational (mostly) ally and | Read More »
Now Saudi Arabia wants Nukes
Now that the Obama administration has caved to the Iranians and given the Mullahs exactly the kind of deal they’d want, it’s safe to say that the Middle East has just become a lot less stable. Given the number of countries in the region that don’t like Iran, even aside from Israel, this is hardly a surprise, and other than Egypt, Saudi Arabia is the | Read More »
More ISIS Barbarism: Burning Books and Abducting More Christians
We know well by now that ISIS’s bloodlust would not stop with the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in Libya. Now, it has been reported that ISIS has abducted at least 150 more Assyrian Christians from northeastern Syria. You might have seen it reported as only 90 of them earlier, but that number has since been revised. For | 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 »
More ISIS Barbarism: This Time it’s Church Desecration
A few days ago, I wrote about ISIS slaughtering women for refusing to have sex with them and the group’s extremely brutal penal code. However, their inhumanity does not stop there. Yesterday, Fox News reported on even more of their heinous deeds. This time it’s about ISIS selling Christian artifacts and turning churches into torture chambers. Here’s what they say: The Islamic State is turning | Read More »
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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 »
WaPo on Hillary: This “Middle East” thing isn’t looking good
It’s not exactly a story you’d see out of a media that seems to be going all-in for Hillary otherwise, but it’s one I’d gladly accept: “I support what they are doing,” Clinton said in the interview Wednesday, referring to her former colleagues in the Obama administration. “I personally believe the way they have thought this through and planned it and limited our involvement, avoids | 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 »
ISIS Beheads American Journalist
There are videos and there are pictures. I am linking neither. I am also not advising anyone look them up. Today, ISIS (which now just goes by “the Islamic State”) has released a video of a member of theirs beheading American photojournalist James Foley. From Mediaite: Foley had been missing since November 22, 2012 when he disappeared in Syria. Mediaite has chosen not to post or link | Read More »
Ted Cruz Blasts Hamas. Obama Urges “Restraint”.
One of the biggest news stories of the past week is the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teens who had been kidnapped back in mid-June. Israel, meanwhile, has begun retaliating. Ted Cruz has been particularly vocal in his support of the teens’ mothers and Israel’s efforts to find them since the kidnapping happened, even taking to the Senate floor to blast Hamas for | Read More »
The Isolationist Wing of the GOP
As the debates and discussions continue to swirl around the war in Iraq, the War on Terror, Afghanistan, Iran, nuclear weapons, and other geopolitical topics, I hear a growing drumbeat within the Republican Party of isolationism. It seems to be coming from those of the libertarian bent. I find that in most instances, I agree with my libertarian brothers and sisters, but in this area, | Read More »
Ann McLane Kuster (Democrat), 2011: Libya = Middle East. Kuster, 2013: …NO IT’S NOT!
For the benefit of Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, (NH-02)… Benghazi is the second largest city in Libya. Libya is that somewhat large country in North Africa between Algeria and Egypt. That particular country, desperate apologists to the contrary*, is part of what most people call ‘the Middle East,’ – including, apparently, Ann McLane Kuster. From March of 2011: Kuster said she supports Obama’s recent | Read More »
Obama’s Munich Moment
On Saturday night, in a truly obvious attempt to deflect attention from his dismal domestic problems, Obama announced to the world an “interim” deal over Iran’s nuclear aspirations. It should also be mentioned that this announcement was hardly worthy of interrupting the Saturday night broadcast line ups. On Sunday, unless you are one of the adoring fans of anything Obama says or does, the fallout | Read More »