Letting Allah Sort Out Islamic Civil War in Syria
As bankrupt as elected Republican leadership is in Washington vis-à-vis domestic policy, they are completely clueless as it relates to foreign policy. While America continues to become an economic and moral wasteland under this regime, Obama is attempting to spend American treasure helping one nefarious side of an Islamic civil war in Syria – one which involves Iran-allied supporters of Hezbollah (Assad regime) vs. predominantly | Read More »
John Kerry doing the Full Ginsburg about #syria today.
How very last-minute of the man. And of Barack Obama, too. Two days after he made the Obama administration’s definitive case for attacking Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry will make the case for asking for congressional permission on the Sunday talk shows, a State Department aide said Saturday. The White House has dispatched Kerry to all five Sunday morning news programs to urge a | Read More »
The Clausewitz of Columbia Has Modern Problems In Syria
The 1981 Slap-stick Comedy Film Modern Problems featured an exorcism scene. It involved a woman who was supposed to be a Caribbean Witch-Doctor and the main character, Max Fielder, that everyone had come to believe was possessed by demons. She stared down Fielder and the dialogue below ensued.
Dorita: Now, we can do this easy, or we can do it rough. These is knuckles you is looking at.
Max Fielder: [in demonic voice] Your mama.
America is blessed with a Secretary of State John Kerry who dialogues at somewhat higher levels of discourse. This is good, because Bashir Assad’s charming and delightful son has posted the following to his Facebook page.
“They may have the best army in the world, maybe the best airplanes, ships, tanks than ours, but soldiers? No one has soldiers like the ones we do in Syria,” the post’s author wrote of the United States military. “America doesn’t have soldiers, what it has is some cowards with new technology who claim themselves liberators.”
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Brits refuse to join @barackobama’s Syrian Adventure.
…Wait. What? The Obama administration’s plans to strike at Syria lost its most important foreign ally tonight when the British government said it would not take part in any military action against Syria for its suspected use of chemical weapons. The announcement by British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond came after Prime Minister David Cameron was defeated in the House of Commons when he put it | Read More »
Obama, Syria and Iraq: Any End But Victory
The plans being floated by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry for a wildly unpopular military intervention in Syria are incoherent on any number of levels. Rather than identify an enemy and seek the enemy’s defeat, the essential requirement for using military force, the Administration is unwilling to declare the toppling of the Assad regime as a goal – despite Obama’s own proclamation two | Read More »
Are The US And Russia Back At It Again?
I don’t see any overarching national interest being defended by our intent to strike Syria. I don’t see any humanitarian objective that it will truly favor. I think it is a waste of time, a waste of resources and a dubious waste of innocent life. I stand with the 91%* against this poorly-conceived and almost churlish intent to fire off lots of cool ordnance. The only question I have left is “Why in the heck are we even doing it?”
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Some Middle East Notes: Muslim Brotherhood Doublespeak, U.S. Involvement in Syria, and More
With the recent events in the Middle East and the continuing question of what, if any, role the U.S. should play, it’s a good idea to stay up to speed on current events in the region. My recent post “A Crisis of Faith in Egypt” was a start, but it’s a sad commentary on the turmoil in the region that, even since then, there is | Read More »
Tags: al Qaeda
, Bashar al-Assad
, Christian Persecution
, Coptic Christians
, Frank Wolf
, Gas attacks
, John Kerry
, Middle East
, middle eastern christians
, military intervention
, Muslim Brotherhood
, Orthodox Christians
, President Obama
Will American “Intervention” Make Any Difference in Syria?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Ted Bromund to discuss the latest in the Syrian civil war, what Obama’s chosen intervention might be and how our relationships with Russia, China and Iran could be impacted by the outcome in Syria.
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The Moral Dilemma of Syria: Heart and Mind Go To War
A lot of really bad things are being done in Syria. People are eating people. People are possibly gassing other people the way an entomologist gets rid of a hive of bugs. If over 1,300 really died from a gas attack in Ghouta, Syria, this would be the most widespread use of toxic gas against civilians since before the US Military overthrew Saddam Hussein. This would morally motivate us to make this madness stop. We don’t want to rewind and replay the Rwandan Massacre. But on the other hand, could we stop this and should we stop it?
To determine if we could stop this we should first figure out what set of actions would create a set of conditions necessary and sufficient to ending the barbarism currently rife throughout Syria. To determine if we should engage in these activities requires us to weigh the unavoidable evil and long term damage to American interests that would result from our involvement in another Middle Eastern Civil War. Figuring these two things out could empower us to make the proper decision as to whether to conquer Syria*, manipulate events in Syria**, or to stay out of this mess*** and perhaps duck all negative externalities.
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American Abortion Depravity versus Syrian Cannibalism
We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond: and on these faces there is no smile.
– (HT:Hilaire Belloc)
The fridge had been totally nuked. The Jihadist Warlord Abu Sakkar tore off the fig leaf of civilization and revealed the gibbering, demonic barbarian behind the thin veneer of every civilized human being. Hit the play button below if you have a pretty strong stomach and your co-workers won’t get too upset. This ain’t your typical rugby party stunt. While not quite The Donner Party; it’s close enough for post-modernism.
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Iraq’s Descent Back into Civil War Makes the Case for American Energy Independence
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
-George Santayana (HT: Wikiquote)
America now faces a typical conundrum that has plagued all of our recent Presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower all the way forward to President Barack Obama. We depend upon the Middle East for much of the energy that provides our motive power. As a result of this debilitating dependence upon people who hate us and practice a system of ethics and morals totally alien to our own, we are increasingly compromised and forced into courses of action that do not benefit our national commonweal. If we produce enough of our own energy, while curbing our domestic consumption, we can break this cycle of self-sabotage. If we don’t break the cycle, every US President going forward will wage his own, pointless version of a Punic War in Western Asia. I describe the current state of play below.
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Tags: Energy Independence
, Flavious Josephus
, Groundhog Day
, Middle East
, North Dakota
, Sack of Jerusalem
Paul Bonicelli on Freedom in the Middle East
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Paul Bonicelli to discuss the uprisings in Egypt, the fight for democracy and turmoil in the Middle East.
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Muslim Brotherhood reaches out to Hezbollah.
Tell me again how marvelous it is that we encouraged the Muslim Brotherhood to take over in Egypt: “In a dramatic policy shift, Egypt will seek to forge “tight” relations with Hezbollah, Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Hamdy revealed in a candid interview published Saturday in Lebanon’s Daily Star.” Such ‘tight’ relations will presumably include Hezbollah’s right to keep getting ready for that armed conflict | Read More »
Report: Syrian chemical weapons appearing in Hezbollah caches.
(H/T: Instapundit) I am back-and-forth on how seriously to take this particular story: Two days after a mysterious explosion at a Hezbollah weapons depot in southern Lebanon, the Kuwaiti website Al Jarida is reporting that Israel bombed the site because Syria had transferred missiles there that were capable of being equipped with chemical warheads. The missiles had been moved into Lebanon from Syria in the | Read More »
Tech at Night: The ITU treaty could be bad news if unchecked
Jim Cicconi doesn’t think the ITU treaty will be that bad for business, but the more I think about it, the worse this could be for liberty. This could be the time that big government worldwide gets together to clamp down on the free exchange of information online. That’s why there is strong and growing opposition to what is brewing there.
And yet the administration is quiet.
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