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  • America’s Public Opinion and Going to War

    09/23/2014 7:39:12 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 24 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 20, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The libertarian think tank Cato Institute held a debate on American public opinion and going to war, featuring professors Adam Berinksy of MIT, Ohio State’s John Mueller, the University of Exeter’s Jason Reifler and Trevor Thrall of George Mason University. code pink at senate hearing Mueller began the discussion and focused on how American public opinion was polled during the “four, long ground wars” since World War II. He observed that support for wars has gone progressively down through the years. The Vietnam, Korea, and Iraq and Afghanistan military campaigns had a brief spike of approval in the beginning of...
  • Will ISIS Bring About the Demise of Western Civilization?

    09/20/2014 8:27:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Michael Youssef
    Most baby boomers will remember the summer of 1967 as the Summer of Love, with huge gatherings in cities across the United States and Canada. Years later, Time magazine said that the overriding theme of the Summer of Love was “trust your feelings.”Ten years later, the message was blasted into our collective consciousness with the release of George Lucas’s movie, Star Wars. In the film, the wise mentor Obi Wan Kenobi instructs young Luke Skywalker to “trust your feelings.”Baby boomers then taught that “trust your feelings” message to their children and grandchildren. So now, young people are even more divorced from...
  • Obama’s administration at war with itself over ISIS strategy

    09/18/2014 7:05:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2014 | Noah Rothman
    It is becoming difficult to escape the impression that President Barack Obama heads an administration at war with itself over the appropriate strategy to combat the ISIS threat. Speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Wednesday, the president made a point of conspicuously noting again that American troops sent to Iraq “do not and will not have a combat mission.” The clarification was not unexpected; it came just one day after Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the U.S. Senate in a public hearing that there were circumstances which would lead...
  • Military Leaders Increasingly at Odds With Obama Over ISIS Strategy

    09/19/2014 11:04:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Obama's strategy on how to combat ISIS is confusing at best, but one thing is clear: the battle brewing between Obama and America's top generals about how to move forward against the terror army. Earlier this week during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey said there is potential he will recommend ground troops should the coalition with Arab countries against ISIS fail. “My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true but if it fails to be true and if there are...
  • Alleged ISIS Photo Controversy Engulfs Sen. John McCain

    09/19/2014 5:44:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his aides swear the Syrian “rebels” he was pictured last year with weren’t ISIS members or supporters, and the mainstream media is by and large buying the 2008 GOP presidential nominee’s story. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has endured brutal criticism—media fact checkers, reporters, and political figures have shredded him—for questioning just who McCain posed with. But a closer look at the situation tells perhaps a different story than McCain’s office or the mainstream media have pushed. The criticism of McCain centers around how the Arizona senator met with Syrian rebel leaders in May 2013 when...
  • Islamic State “bans Christians from school”

    09/19/2014 6:37:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | September 19, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    They want to keep the Christians ignorant and subservient. But Obama say, They have legitimate grievances! “Mosul, the Islamic State ‘bans Christians from school," ” Asia News, September 19, 2014 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Ankawa (AsiaNews) – For the first time in history, Iraqi Christians who always had a “high standard of education” in the region, are being deprived of the right to study and cannot attend schools.
  • Obama: ISIS threat against U.S., allies 'doesn't frighten us'

    09/19/2014 8:08:41 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/19/14 | Chelsea J. Carter and Barbara Starr
    "With their barbaric murder of two Americans, these terrorists thought they could frighten us or intimidate us or cause us to shrink from the world," Obama said. "But today, they are learning the same hard lesson of petty tyrants and terrorists who have gone before: As Americans, we do not give in to fear. When you harm our citizens, when you threaten the United States, when you threaten our allies, it doesn't frighten us. It unites us." The question now appears to be not if, but when, the United States will strike ISIS in its stronghold in northern Syria. The...
  • The 12 Republicans That Voted Against Arming Syrian Rebels

    09/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The Senate approved a continuing resolution for the budget which included a provision authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels for the purpose of combating Islamic State terrorists. The legislation passed 78-22. Of the 22 Senators that voted no, here are the 12 Republicans that voted against the provision: John Barrasso (WY) Tom Coburn (OK) Michael Crapo (ID) Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Enzi (WY) Dean Heller (NV) Mike Lee (UT) Jim Moran (KS) Rand Paul (KY) James Risch (ID) Pat Roberts (KS) Jeff Sessions (AL)
  • The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State

    09/19/2014 8:22:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep 18, 2014
    TheBlaze TV The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State Sep. 18, 2014 8:45pm Erica Ritz Glenn Beck broke down the history of the Middle East on his television program Thursday, focusing on a nearly 100-year-old agreement that he says is integral to understanding the motivations of the Islamic State: the Sykes-Picot Agreement. If you do not understand the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Beck said, you cannot fully understand the Islamic State, or why the Israelis and the Palestinians will never reach a two-state solution. Though many go back to 1948 and the creation of...
  • What Will Victory Look Like?

    09/19/2014 9:30:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    "Congress must now vote to support the first steps of what will be a long march toward victory," said Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Following this clarion call, 71 House Republicans bolted to join 85 Democrats in voting no to U.S. funds to train and arm Syrian rebels. Why the hesitation? Because our strategy in Syria is to rely on a Free Syrian Army that has been the least effective force in that civil war, and untrustworthy to boot. Units of the FSA have handed their U.S. weapons over to ISIS. Yet these "feckless" rebels, says Sen. Bob Corker, constitute "our...
  • The Power of Changed Minds

    09/19/2014 4:01:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September19, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    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 mind changed is to the right of center and the change moves the person to the left of center. The ability to process new data, reinterpret existing data and reach different conclusions has value to...
  • Where Have All the Allies Gone?

    09/18/2014 5:30:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The so-called Islamic State has left destruction everywhere that it has gained ground. But as in the case of the tribal Scythians, Vandals, Huns or Mongols of the past, sowing chaos in its wake does not mean that the Islamic State won't continue to seek new targets for its devastation. If unchecked, the Islamic State will turn what is left of the nations of the Middle East into a huge Mogadishu-like tribal wasteland, from the Syrian Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. And they will happily call the resulting mess a caliphate. It is critical for United States to put together...
  • Faith, Fanaticism, and Fantasy in the Middle East

    09/17/2014 3:37:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Cliff May
    “God created war,” theorized Mark Twain, “so that Americans would learn geography.” That’s as true today as it was two centuries ago. How many of us would be able to find Yemen, Somalia and Mali on a map if not for the conflicts raging in those lands? These days war also presents an opportunity to learn a little history and theology. But to do that, you have to separate the factual from the fanciful. In his primetime address to the nation last week, President Obama acknowledged that in the current era, “the greatest threats come from the Middle East and...
  • Ted Cruz's Speech to Arab Christians

    09/16/2014 8:13:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    Last week at the inaugural summit of the organization, In Defense of Christians, founded to help the most persecuted religious communities in the world today, Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the Muslim world, Senator Ted Cruz was heckled and booed, and decided to walk off the stage. This is how he began his speech: "Today we are gathered at a time of extraordinary challenge. Tonight we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews." All of 117 words -- about the killing of Christians -- later, Senator Cruz...
  • Israeli-Lebanese Relations, According to a Cheikh

    09/15/2014 10:05:17 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 7 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 15 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Cheikh Malek el-Khazen here explains Israeli-Lebanese relations. He is heir to the House of Khazen, of the Lebanese nobility. What is the general Lebanese opinion on Israel?Officially, Lebanon is at a state of war against Israel. Currently, the borders are being supervised by UNFIL forces (mainly forces from European and Asian countries) in addition to the Lebanese army. Lebanon is a small country, but it comprises of 18 recognized religious sects. The main two religions are Christianity (the Maronite Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Assyrian Church of the East) and Islam (Shi'a and Sunni). There...
  • How ISIS' Perceived Strengths Could Also Be Their Undoing

    09/14/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Stephen Smoot
    The West and moderate Middle Eastern states fear ISIS and rightly so. It combines terror techniques with territorial ambitions more effectively than any group since the Bolsheviks. While many focus on the ISIS’ strengths, they neglect to point out that concerted effort could annihilate them. ISIS currently has the weaknesses of both a sovereign state and a terror organization. This could change rapidly as they coalesce, but right now, they are very vulnerable. Age old strategies established by Sun Tzu and others will work. In Art of War, the ancient Chinese master strategist wrote that to defeat an enemy, find...
  • Clarice Feldman: Crazy Things Progressives Believe

    09/14/2014 8:59:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 14, 2014 | Clarice Feldman
    These days I live in a state of almost continual amazement, bedazzled by the things progressives believe. Earlier this week the New York Times had to print a correction which is probably the number one all time winner in a long line of their recent corrections: “Correction: September 8, 2014 An earlier version of a summary that appeared with this article misstated the former title of Dick Cheney. He was vice president, not president.” Seriously, someone was hired to and does write for the major progressive publication in America who thought that Dick Cheney had been our president. And what...
  • Obama's Ship is Sinking

    09/14/2014 7:24:16 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 14, 2014 | Michael Goodwin
    The rising clamor over the beheading of two Americans, and rapidly sinking polls, forced President Obama to reassure the nation last week he had a plan to deal with the Islamic State. He did some of what he had to do, but only some, and so most military analysts believe the expanded airstrikes will not be a sufficient match for the size and weaponry of the terrorist army. They miss the point. The disjointed speech wasn’t really about terrorism and launching a new war. It was about saving Obama’s presidency. He is sinking fast and could soon pass the point...
  • In Defense of Christians Says Ted Cruz Was Not Booed; Critics Wanted Focus on Christians, not Israel

    09/13/2014 5:59:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    In Defense of Christians, the nonprofit organization that has made protecting Christians in the Middle East its mission, challenged media reports Friday that Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed offstage at their inaugural Summit Gala Dinner Wednesday for supporting Israel. A 30-second YouTube clip from the dinner shows Cruz declaring to a restive audience: "I will say this, that I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate …" At the mention of the word hate, guests at the gala became loud enough to drown out portions of Cruz's voice. He...
  • Bombing ISIS Is Hardly Enough

    09/12/2014 3:23:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Peter Morici
    Resident Obama’s vow to destroy ISIS rings hollow and sets the course for another American misadventure. Along with allies in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, he refuses to grasp that security can’t be purchased on the cheap. The cancer has metastasized to spawn terrorist groups and cells on every continent financed through business fronts, extortion and donations. Those recruit fighters from the United States, Britain, France, and all the way to Australia, kidnap westerners and Africans for ransom, and commit far reaching acts of wanton violence. American bombings in Syria and Iraq will slow down ISIS but hardly destroy...
  • The 'No Strategy' Strategy

    09/12/2014 6:33:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Resident Obama addressed the nation this past Wednesday night to outline his strategy for combating ISIS. Having declared the War on Terror over, he referred to "terror" in various forms 18 times in his speech. The problem is that so many real-world facts directly contradict what President Obama said in his speech. A man who claims often to not know certain facts because he has not seen the news has clearly not been reading the paper. In his speech, the president said, "It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria's declared chemical weapons so that they can't pose a...
  • Fascinating Maps Belie Claim ISIS Also Targets Muslims.

    09/11/2014 3:48:46 PM PDT · by dangus · 14 replies
    Dangus
    Look at the map below. You'll see four regions of "Iraq and Syria" that the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" express no desire to conquer: Why is that? All four of these areas are where non-Sunni Muslims predominate. They include Southern Iraq (Shiites), Northwestern Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan), Syria just north of Lebanon (Alawites and Shiites) and the area surrounding the Golan Heights (Druze and Shiites). So why would ISIS fight so bitterly for largely Kurdish Erbil and Mosul, yet make no claim to what is officially Kurdistan? Because Erbil and Mosul are Iraqi centers of Christendom, the real target...
  • The Middle East’s Maze of Alliances

    09/11/2014 5:57:07 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/11/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    It’s increasingly difficult to navigate the web of transitory enemies and allies in the region. Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies, and neutrals in the Middle East. In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian president Bashar Assad. For a few weeks, he was public enemy No. 1 because he had used chemical weapons on his own people and because he was responsible for many of the deaths in the Syrian civil war, with a casualty count that is now close to 200,000. After Obama’s red lines turned pink, we forgot...
  • Few Interests, Fewer Friends in Middle East

    09/11/2014 5:07:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies and neutrals in the Middle East. In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. For a few weeks he was public enemy No. 1 because he had used chemical weapons on his own people and because he was responsible for many of the deaths in the Syrian civil war, with a casualty count that is now close to 200,000. After Obama's red lines turned pink, we forgot about Syria. Then the Islamic State showed up with beheadings, crucifixions, rapes and mass murders...
  • Cheney: Israel, Arabs Allies Think Obama Supports Muslim Brotherhood

    09/10/2014 3:09:06 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 47 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 10,2014 | Breitbart TV
    Wednesday in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, former Vice President Dick Cheney said our Israeli and Arabs allies in the Middle East no longer trust the United States and "deeply believe" the "Untied States has been supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood" because of the way "the United States has conducted itself over the last few years."
  • Religious Leaders Sound Alarm on Christian 'Genocide' in Middle East

    09/10/2014 3:11:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 9/10/2014 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    Last week, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako issued an impassioned plea to the international community to speak out and take action on behalf of persecuted Arab Christians and other minorities. This latest statement came a month after 120,000 Iraqi Christians were forcibly displaced from their homes. Sako, Iraq’s senior Christian cleric, called the systematic persecution “a real genocide” and called for “decisive steps” to put pressure on decision-makers at home and abroad to ensure a free, safe life for all in Iraq.In Washington, DC, a bipartisan and ecumenical conference starts Tuesday evening, focusing on the deteriorating situation facing millions of...
  • UNDOF commander: Filipinos' defiance unprofessional (calls Filipino escape an act of cowardice)

    09/09/2014 10:35:01 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 37 replies
    PhilStar ^ | September 4, 2014 | Camille Diola
    MANILA, Philippines — The Indian commander of the United Nations' (UN) peacekeeping force broke his silence on the Philippine military's accusations that he misguidedly ordered besieged Filipino troops to surrender their arms to rebels in Golan Heights over the weekend. In an interview with a Noida-based newspaper, UN Disengagement Observer Force Commander Lt. Gen. Iqbal Singh Singha criticized the defiance of the 40 trapped Filipino peacekeepers as "non-professional." Singha, meanwhile, called what the Armed Forces of the Philippines dubbed the "greatest escape" of 40 troops from Position 68 nothing but an "act of cowardice." "The higher UN echelon as well...
  • Matt Shepard Goes To Tehran

    09/08/2014 5:10:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Abdullah Ghavami Chahzanjiru and Salman Ghanbari Chahzanjiri were hanged in southern Iran on August 6, 2014. According to the Daily Beast, it appears that they were executed for consensual sodomy. Their deaths are part of a wave of executions in Iran, with more than 400 in the first half of 2014 alone, according to the NGO Iran Human Rights. So why is a possible wave of anti-gay violence in Iran not being investigated by the Obama administration, headlined by the national news media, and protested in mass by college professors? The answer to that question is actually very simple: The...
  • The return of the politics of terror

    09/08/2014 4:46:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 8, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    illustration/The Hill The politics of terrorism have returned with a vengeance for the midterm elections. National security dominated the first election cycles after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with Democrats fearful of being labeled unpatriotic if they criticized then-President George W. Bush. The Republican advantage eroded years later as public opinion soured against the Iraq War. By the time President Obama sought reelection in 2012, he was able to tout the killing of Osama bin Laden to portray Democrats as the party of strength in foreign policy. But now, with the 13th anniversary of 9/11 just days away, Obama...
  • Obama's Cobbler Strategy

    09/07/2014 10:37:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Herb London
    Since September 11, 2001 the United States has been engaged in a struggle against radical Islam. The enemies have a variety of names from ISIS to al Qaeda, from Boko Harem to the Muslim Brotherhood, from Hamas to Hezbollah, but they are all active in the name of Islam and all have an imperial goal of creating a caliphate. Tactics may vary; yet they consistently maintain an extreme level of violence as a source of intimidation. Accepting these conditions as a given on the world stage for a decade and a half and accepting as well the fact that President...
  • Networks Ignore Report That Obama Was Briefed on ISIS Going Back ‘at Least a Year’

    09/03/2014 4:33:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | September 3, 2014 | Curtis Houck
    On Tuesday night, the three major broadcast networks omitted from their coverage on the Islamic group ISIS a report that President Barack Obama has received briefings on the terrorist organization “for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer.” ABC, CBS, and NBC all led their evening newscasts with multiple segments on the gruesome murder of American journalist Stephen Sotloff at the hands of ISIS in a propaganda video released on Tuesday afternoon. Over on the Fox News Channel (FNC), Special Report with Bret Baier aired three segments on the story, including a...
  • Lady Gaga’s Israel Message Sparks Arab Reactions

    09/02/2014 10:08:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 2 September 2014
    A video released by Lady Gaga in which she greets her Israel fans with a “Shalom” has provoked mixed responses from Arab fans and social medial users. "Shalom, Israel," the pop superstar said in the brief greeting. "I'm so excited to perform my new tour in Tel Aviv," she added in reference to her concert scheduled for Sept. 13 THe short video message has gone viral online, with many Arab users labeling her as “disgusting” and devilish” and having “no sensitivities” amid the recent Israeli offensive on Gaza which resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 Palestinians and more...
  • Obama's Generals Said to be "Apoplectic" over his Middle East Dithering

    09/01/2014 8:38:34 AM PDT · by Clioman · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 30, 2014 | Richard Engel
    NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel claimed military commanders are “apoplectic” over President Obama’s dithering on ISIS and admission that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with them.
  • Obama accused of diminishing U.S. standing in fight against terrorism

    08/31/2014 7:34:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 31, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    President Obama found himself under fire Sunday for his cautious approach to beating back the Islamic State's march through Iraq and Syria and stamping out other diplomatic fires around the globe, with a top House Republican suggesting his foreign policy was in free fall and that Western allies no longer view the U.S. as a leader in the fight against bad actors. Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the administration is sitting on its hands while radical Islamist fighters grow in influence, recruit from abroad and seize more territory in...
  • Humor: Obama needs to get more serious about Islamic State opportunities

    08/31/2014 11:48:25 AM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 31, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by my (imaginary) friend, the Very Honorable Ima Librul, Senator from the great State of ConfusionUtopia. He expresses leftist perceptions of magical reality with refreshing clarity, for which we thank him.  Senator Librul is a founding member of CCCEB (Climate Change Causes Everything Bad), a charter member of President Obama’s Go For it Team, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Meretricious Relations Subcommittee. He is also justly proud of his expertise in the care and breeding of green unicorns, for which his Save the Unicorns Foundation has received substantial Federal grants. We are honored to have...
  • Remember Camp Ashraf: Support The Struggle for Human Rights

    08/28/2014 9:10:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    The worldwide struggle for freedom and democracy faces enormous challenges today. Despite the promise of the United States government to support that struggle wherever it can, the Obama administration is not standing tall on the world stage. The American Legacy, as a shining beacon for oppressed peoples everywhere in their time of darkness, is being abandoned.The United States has a enjoyed wonderful track record of fulfilling that commitment. Past leaders of our nation have taken seriously America’s special role in a troubled world. But the fact that the US has historically advanced freedom and democratic values makes me all the more upset when our current leaders fail to demonstrate an understanding...
  • If 'Evil' Doesn't Apply to Islamic State, What Does?

    08/27/2014 5:57:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    I never liked it when George W. Bush used the term "evildoers" to describe al-Qaeda and other terrorists. A lot of other people objected as well, but for different reasons. I didn't like the term because it always sounded to me like he was saying "evil Dewar's," as in the blended Scotch. (This always made some of Bush's statements chuckle-worthy -- "We will not rest until we find the evil Dewar's!") I prefer single malts, but "evil" always seemed unduly harsh. The more common objection to "evildoers" was that it was, variously, simplistic, Manichean, imperialistic, cartoonish, etc. "Perhaps without even...
  • Obama, the Islamic State and Christian Crucifixions (Part 2)

    08/26/2014 2:39:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Last week, I built a case for how the Islamic State's monstrous brutalities include the summary killing of men, women and children, including by crucifixion. That was before the world heard of the beheading of courageous U.S. journalist James Foley, which demonstrated just how psychotic and cruel the Islamic State is. Today I will build further on the Islamic State's horrors and crimes against humanity and then conclude by explaining why President Barack Obama's laissez-faire mentality toward U.S. enemies is not only emboldening them but also drawing the U.S. closer and closer to another world war. Reuters reported last week,...
  • The Islamic State and the land of lost gods

    08/25/2014 12:02:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 23 Aug 2014 | Tom Holland
    From the dawn of civilisation, the Fertile Crescent has been a cradle to strange and fascinating sects. Not any more As the fighters of the Islamic State drive from village to captured village in their looted humvees, they criss-cross what in ancient times was a veritable womb of gods. For millennia, the Fertile Crescent teemed with a bewildering variety of cults and religions. Back in the 3rd Christian century, a philosopher by the name of Bardaisan was so overwhelmed by the sheer array of beliefs to be found in Mesopotamia that he invoked it to disprove the doctrines of astrology....
  • George Stephanopoulos Frets Over U.S. Taking Action Against ISIS:

    08/24/2014 11:45:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 24, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    On Sunday, August 24, This Week moderator George Stephanopoulos bizarrely worried that the U.S. might take too much action in combating the terrorist group ISIS.
  • Was Putin Right About Syria?

    08/24/2014 6:06:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/22/14 | Ishaan Tharoor
    What a difference a year makes. Around this time last year, the West was gearing up for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was accused of carrying out chemical weapons attacks on his own people. That intervention never came to pass, not least because domestic public opinion in countries such as Britain and the United States was opposed to further entanglements in the Middle East. Now, the U.S. is contemplating extending airstrikes on Islamic State militants operating in Iraq in Syria — fighters belonging to a terrorist organization that is leading the war against Assad....
  • Create a New Kurdistan and Destabilize Iran (Part II)

    08/22/2014 2:58:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Larry Kelley
    By 207 B.C., Rome and its allies on the Italian peninsula had lost approximately 100,000 soldiers to the invading armies of the great Carthaginian general, Hannibal. To make matters more desperate, the Carthaginians were in the final stages of securing massive reinforcements from Phillip V of Macedon. That year the Roman Senate sent a secret group of provocateurs to Northern Greece who started violent insurrections among PhillipÂ’s disaffected subject peoples to his south. The Macedonian armies never sailed and for next 600 years the course of western civilization would be charted by Rome.Special Forces Will Again Change the WorldAs I...
  • As the world burns: Obama’s “stupid stuff” foreign policy and its disastrous effects

    08/22/2014 11:50:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Gayle Trotter
    The crowded stadium roars its approval -- “Allah is great!” -- as a man shoots a woman in a public execution. Militants destroy a historic religious shrine. Women and children face public abuse, private violence, and daily fear. Girls, denied access to education, remain trapped in a seventh-century dystopia. A bloodthirsty terrorist organization promises death to Americans. Think this resembles the Middle East today? No, these references date to the turn of the millennium in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Today, these same toxic forces behead children, sell women into sex slavery, drive ethnic and religious minorities from their homeland. Refugees hide in...
  • Murder

    08/21/2014 9:34:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Rich Galen
    I never crossed paths with James Foley. I regret not having met him. A freelance reporter of great skill and courage, Foley was murdered, on camera, by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq by cutting off his head. I know "beheading" is a mellower term, but I don't think this kind of barbarism should be softened. According to the BBC:"James Foley, 40, had reported extensively across the Middle East, working for US publication GlobalPost and other media outlets including French news agency AFP." Foley had been reporting on the appalling situation in Syria when he was abducted on Nov....
  • Everyone Who Wants To Destroy ISIS Needs To Know One Hard Truth

    08/20/2014 9:57:36 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies
    BI ^ | 8-20-2014 | Michael B Kelley and Mike Nudelman
    Michael B Kelley and Mike NudelmanAugust 20, 2014 Just about everyone agrees that the world would be a better place without the brutal terrorist group known as ISIS (or Islamic State or ISIL). On Wednesday, Barack Obama compared the group to a "cancer" whose spread must be contained and that the group "has no place in the 21st century." And Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted that "ISIL must be destroyed/will be crushed." But there is one thing everyone must realize in the anti-ISIS crusade: Given the momentum that ISIS has built over the past two years in Syria and...
  • One Cheer for Pope Francis on the Middle East

    08/20/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/20/2014 | Lee Smith
    Yesterday Pope Francis endorsed military action to stop the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) from persecuting religious minorities, especially Christians and Yazidis, in Iraq. The pope’s statement is to be welcomed—albeit with serious reservations. As various experts noted, the Vatican is typically opposed to any sort of military action. James Bretzke, a priest and professor of moral theology at Boston College, told USA Today that “popes in recent history have all lined up against any military intervention, including World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War and, most recently, the U.S. invasion of Iraq...
  • Speaking Truth to Crap [A history lesson]

    08/19/2014 12:20:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 19, 2014 | Dan Gordon
    [Huge SNIP of excellent "rant." Must read in full] ".........And don't you buy the crap so-called academics are peddling, that Hamas was the duly democratically elected government of Gaza. Hamas took power, not in an election, but in a bloody coup, machine gunning their fellow Palestinians, blindfolding, binding and throwing them off of multi story buildings. They have terrorized their own people, not only Israel. Their people, indeed, live under the yoke of occupation, but not by Israel, by Hamas. And as for the apologists and enablers of Hamas, who contribute to the misery of Palestinians and Israelis alike, while...
  • Barack Obama’s Zero Sum World

    08/18/2014 3:33:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Star Parker
    Investopedia defines a “zero sum game” as “a situation in which one person’s gain is equivalent to another’s loss, so the net change in wealth or benefit is zero.” If a political leader wielding power sees the world as a zero sum game – gains to one must mean a loss to another – it is likely that this leader will promote policies that will limit growth, wealth creation and innovative problem solving. What a zero sum worldview will produce more of is political, class, and ethnic resentment and strife. It so happens we have a leader today that has...
  • The GOP Needs to Return to a "Feared By Our Enemies" Foreign Policy

    08/18/2014 3:21:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    The GOP is in the midst of a public foreign policy debate. Debate is fine, but as Republican we must agree on some basic premises. The most important premise is that instead of laughing at us, our enemies should be terrified of us. Yes, terrified. The world isn’t some sort of fantasy milieu of earnest, huggy people who want to work together to forge a brighter tomorrow for all the world’s citizens. It’s full of bad people, many of whom want us enslaved if not dead. They aren’t bad because we’re rich, or insufficiently carbon neutral, or any of that...
  • Clarice Feldman: Ferguson, Missouri, to Gaza, Damascus and Sinjar

    08/17/2014 10:44:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 17, 2014 | Clarice Feldman
    An online friend “Miss Marple” notes the similarities between the thuggery in Ferguson, Missouri and the depredations of the Middle East’s jihadi wild packs: I read a book by the historian Barbara Tuchman [A Distant Mirror. The Calmitous 14th Century] which theorized that the Hundred Years War was caused by a culture that was adolescent, because so many older people had died during the Black Plague. All of the nobles and rulers at that time were in their late teens and had not much guidance from older, calmer heads. That idea has remained with me ever since I read the...