Sometimes you have to ask yourself whether this administration is duplicitous on an epic scale or if it is incompetent on an epic scale. Take, for instance, the ongoing “war” with ISIS. This war requires ground troops to execute it. Currently there are four major sources of ground troops; the Iraqi armed forces, Iranian militias (in Iraq and Syria, and I am dumping Lebanese Hezbollah | Read More »
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 »
I’m appalled. The three leading names being bruited about as presidential material are the three least qualified individuals I could think of to alter our current headlong rush into the Late Roman Empire Phase of US History. Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush disagree on so little, propose so little, do so little and (if Hillary’s performance at Congressional Hearings is to be believed) | Read More »
In this image (obtained from Wikipedia), the gray area is the territory controlled by ISIS. A couple of weeks ago, ISIS made news for martyring children who refused to renounce their Christian faith. This story was hardly surprising, and in fact, it was depressingly only one of the smaller outrages against humanity they’ve committed. Not content to stop there, we’ve received news this week of | Read More »
When Barack Obama decided to abandon US involvement in Iraq, he may not have set off the current crisis but he certainly made it possible. Now, as the situation worsens day by day, the options available to the administration become fewer and less pleasant. The silver bullet the administration has sought has been an indigenous ground force in Syria that can fight al-Qaeda, ISIS, and | Read More »
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 »
It doesn’t matter how badly Bruce Braley wants to be the next Senator from Iowa: if he is going to cast votes in Congress, he can do us all the elementary courtesy of paying attention to what he’s voting for.
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 »
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the F-22’s combat debut in Syria, America’s next generation fighters and what future threats U.S. air-power may face.
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 »
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 | Read More »
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 »
Sending guns instead of armies to support a cause has a lengthy and storied history in America, especially when American politicians have perceived that public support might not exist for actual American lives being spent on a cause that Americans nonetheless marginally support. Other Western nations have also used this to great effect over the years as well. Why bear the political cost of getting | Read More »
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 »