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  • France says it has killed Islamic State leader in Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi

    09/15/2021 9:48:58 PM PDT · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Guardian/Reuters ^ | 15 September 2021 | uncredited
    Emmanuel Macron has said French military forces have killed the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi. “It’s another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” the French president said on Wednesday night, without disclosing the location of the operation... Sahrawi was the historic leader of Islamic State in the Sahel region of West Africa and his group targeted US soldiers in a deadly attack in Niger in 2017, Macron’s office said....
  • Taliban gives thousands of Kandahar residents three days to leave their homes, protesters say

    09/14/2021 10:24:47 PM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 14 September 2021 | Sarah Dean and Ingrid Formanek, CNN
    (CNN)Hundreds of people protested in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar Tuesday, against what they say are Taliban orders for citizens to leave their homes on the eve of winter. Protesters marched in front of the governor's office in the city after 3,500 people living in a government-owned residential area were given three days to leave, two protesters told a local journalist working for CNN over the phone. The protesters, who are also residents of the area, said they were not given reasons for the expulsion order....
  • Sec. of State Blinken Refuses to Say if He’s Been Questioned by FBI in Hunter Biden Case (video)

    09/13/2021 4:45:26 PM PDT · by bitt · 14 replies ^ | 9/13/2021 | Debra Heine
    During a House hearing Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken refused to disclose whether he was recently interviewed by FBI agents regarding Hunter Biden’s interactions with the State Department during the Obama years. Blinken appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to answer questions about the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, but Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) decided to go a little off-topic. “How long was your recent interview with the FBI, and was it a deposition?” Perry asked. Blinken, who was the deputy Secretary of State in 2015 when the Biden was engaging in influence peddling operations for a...
  • Stop Blaming The United States For Communism’s Effects On Cuba

    07/23/2021 9:39:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 23, 2021 | Nicole Regueira
    Upon leaving my Cuban American community, I encountered individuals with no functional understanding of Cuba and the many millions debilitated by the regime.As a first-generation Cuban American from Miami, Florida, my upbringing, daily discourse, and education have been overwhelmingly influenced by the Cuban struggle. To me, it’s always seemed straightforward: Cuba’s communist system has inflicted human and civil rights violations, family separations, and sexual, religious, and ideological persecution of minorities since 1959. Yet upon leaving my Cuban American community, I encountered individuals with no functional understanding of Cuba and the dire context that defined the lives of myself and the...
  • McCarthy Vows to Remove ‘Anti-American’ Ilhan Omar off Foreign Affairs Committee if GOP Wins House

    06/15/2021 9:32:41 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | 06/15/2021 | Trent Baker
    During a Tuesday appearance on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) promised that if the GOP wins the House, he would not allow Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee. McCarthy pointed out that Omar has made “antisemitic” remarks in the past, adding “she’s anti-American now” that she is equating the United States and Israel to terrorist organizations
  • What Is America's Cause in the World?

    06/08/2021 4:24:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | June 8, 2021 | Pat Buchanan
    "Take away this pudding; it has no theme," is a comment attributed to Winston Churchill, when a disappointing dessert was put in front of him. Writers have used Churchill's remark to describe a foreign policy that lacks coherence or centrality of purpose. For most of our lifetimes, this has not been true of the United States. The goal of our foreign policy has been understandable and defined. From 1949-1989, it was Cold War containment of the Soviet Empire and USSR. Ronald Reagan believed in a "rollback" of communism, once telling an aide that his policy might be summed up as:...
  • Biden’s Weak Posture Toward Iran Invites More Aggression In The Middle East

    05/19/2021 5:31:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 19, 2021 | Ali Safavi
    Ever since the new administration has taken office, the Iranian regime has resorted to what it does best: terrorism and extortion.The Middle East is in turmoil again. From Kabul to Riyadh, and Beirut to the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, people are frightened and forced to hear the horrifying blasts of emergency sirens that had long been silenced. If one were to search anywhere other than in Iran for the detonators of these blasts, they would be wrong again. An explosion in front of a girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan two weeks ago killed dozens of innocent people, embarrassed the Afghan...
  • David Frum’s Weakness On China Is Worse Than His Push For Middle Eastern Wars

    05/17/2021 7:41:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 17, 2021 | Chuck Devore
    David Frum’s dangerous argument is part of a larger effort to suggest that if China attacks democratically ruled Taiwan, helping Taiwan is not worth the risk of war with China.David Frum is a prominent member of the foreign policy priesthood, albeit an accidental one, and he continues to urge U.S. foreign policy errors in a new Atlantic article about China. “China Is a Paper Dragon” argues the Biden administration is unnecessarily concerned about the People’s Republic of China (PRC).Frum’s argument is part of a larger effort by high-profile pundits to suggest that if China attacks democratically ruled Taiwan, helping Taiwan...
  • The Media Intifada: Bad Math, Ugly Truths About New York Times In Israel-Hamas War [300 word excerpt from an extensive-over 21,000 words-documented Forbes article from 2014 but which provides some context to present events]

    05/16/2021 6:25:02 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | Richard Behar
    It's a "media intifada," notes Gary Weiss, an old colleague and one of the world's top business investigative reporters. He is referring of course to the ongoing war in Gaza, where journalists working for American news outlets have, he says, “become part of the Hamas war machine... it’s high time to dig through the carnage that many of my colleagues from major U.S. media outlets are leaving behind... Since late July, I’ve conducted an in-depth look at the credibility of the media coverage, plus interviews with military experts and some journalists covering the war...“We’re talking about journalism that functions as...
  • America Did Not Transform Afghanistan

    04/28/2021 6:32:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies ^ | April 28, 2021 | Terry Jeffrey
    President George W. Bush stood before the U.S. Capitol in 2005 and delivered an Inaugural Address in which he declared his utopian vision that the United States had a mission to change the world. He was wrong. History has now proved it. "The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands," Bush said. "The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world." "So, it is the policy of the United States," he said, "to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions...
  • The US Should Be More Careful When Picking Foreign Opposition Leaders to Support

    04/25/2021 7:41:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | April 25, 2021 | Wes Martin
    There is an assumption in America that new political leaders across the world campaigning against long-term incumbents or establishments must, naturally, share the full spectrum of western, liberal and democratic values cherished in Washington D.C.The premise is as dangerous as it is mistaken. Recent decades are scattered with “great western hopes” that have not only disappointed when they finally reached office - but even turned out worse than those they replaced, with civil unrest, rollbacks of human rights, and severe deterioration in the lives of minorities.There is Aung San Suu Kyi. Once named by TIME Magazine as one of the...
  • How to Start a War

    04/15/2021 9:43:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 15, 2021 | Victor Davis Hansen
    Wars often arise from uncertainty. When strong countries appear weak, truly weaker ones take risks they otherwise would not. Sloppy braggadocio and serial promises of restraint can trigger wars, too. Empty tough talk can needlessly egg on aggressors. But mouthing utopian bromides convinces bullies that their targets are too sophisticated to counter aggression. Sometimes announcing "a new peace process" without any ability to bring either novel concessions or pressures only raises false hopes -- and furor. Every new American president is tested to determine whether the United States can still protect friends such as Europe, Japan, South Korea and Israel....
  • Blurred Lines: Courting Risk Through Uncertainty

    04/07/2021 5:24:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | April 7, 2021 | Jason Killmeyer
    As Russia presses on Ukraine and China escalates tensions with the Philippines, the United States is courting unnecessary risk. While our greatest risks still stem from a series of rising domestic radicalisms, the danger from beyond our borders won’t forever accommodate our turned eye. A decade plus, bipartisan-blessed era of inward focus has resulted in doubt domestically as to where our red lines really are. Not necessarily where our alliances and commitments stand on paper, but where they will stand in practice. Which foreign capitals are our divided citizenry willing to sacrifice for in 2021? What about after our next...
  • It’s No Surprise China Employs The Anti-American Propaganda Of Systemic Racism

    03/22/2021 7:05:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 22, 2021 | Sumantra Maitra
    The Chinese side knows that wielding the same self-loathing ideas the ruling class teaches in American universities will hurt Americans most.It’s a cliché to claim every setback as the official end of unipolarity, but if there were ever to be a date for historians to mark the televised humiliation and official end of American hegemony, it would be the very public verbal slapping of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan by the Chinese ambassador on U.S. soil.The U.S. and China leveled sharp rebukes of each others’ policies in the first high-level, in-person talks of...
  • Kamala Harris Is Now Making Joe Biden’s Head Of State Calls For Him.

    02/16/2021 9:57:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Pulse ^ | 02/16/2021
    Vice President Kamala Harris has begun to take calls on behalf of President Joe Biden, raising questions about his ability to do the job of President. The White House published a readout yesterday entitled “Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France.”It states:Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France, and expressed her commitment to strengthening bilateral ties between the United States and France and to revitalizing the transatlantic alliance. Vice President Harris and President Macron agreed on the need for close bilateral and multilateral cooperation to address COVID-19, climate change,...
  • Joe Biden says Hunter probe is ‘Russian misinformation’

    12/23/2020 3:47:38 AM PST · by karpov · 118 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 22, 2020 | Ebony Bowden
    President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday that the federal tax probe targeting his son Hunter Biden’s murky financial dealings is “Russian misinformation,” and called the reporter who asked for comment on the probe a “one horse pony.” As he walked off stage after a press conference in Wilmington, Del., Biden was asked by Fox News if he still believed The Post’s exclusive reporting on the contents of his son Hunter Biden’s laptop was “Russian misinformation,” in the wake of reports that some of those damaging emails were part of the federal probe. “Yes, yes, yes. God love you, man. You are...
  • It’s Long Past Time To Get U.S. Troops All The Way Out Of Somalia

    12/18/2020 7:26:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 18, 2020 | Daniel L. David
    Al-Shabaab does not pose a threat to America that cannot be handled more effectively by our global intelligence networks and ability to strike direct threats to our country.On Dec. 4, President Trump ordered most of the approximately 700 U.S. troops out of Somalia. The move wasn’t a full withdrawal, however, as the White House specified the forces will be moved to neighboring countries to continue targeting the al-Shabaab terror group. While addressing the tactical actions our troops would continue to perform in Africa, there was no mention of the strategic justification for our presence—because there is none. Al-Shabaab is unquestionably...
  • Mattis didn't disclose ties to China-boosting firm in column slamming Trump's 'America First' policy

    11/26/2020 6:23:36 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    Just the News ^ | November 26, 2020 | Susan Katz Keating
    In an online column denouncing President Trump's "America First" policy that includes measures regarding Beijing, ex-Defense Secretary James Mattis did not disclose his affiliation with an organization that fosters international business deals with communist China. As coauthor with three other writers in a Nov. 23 Foreign Affairs column, Mattis did not mention that he works for the The Cohen Group consulting firm. Nor did he challenge China's tough talk against U.S. policies regarding Taiwan, nor the strict economic retaliation Beijing levied against Australia. Instead, Mattis criticized Trump administration policies toward Beijing. Such policies, touted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,...
  • 'It's time to come home' — acting Pentagon chief wants to end America's wars in the Middle East

    11/14/2020 5:07:44 PM PST · by blueplum · 5 replies
    CNBC via MSN ^ | 14 Nov 2020 | Amanda Macias
    In his first message to U.S. military forces, acting Pentagon chief Chris Miller said it's time to end America's wars in the Middle East... "Indeed, this fight has been long, our sacrifices have been enormous, and many are weary of war — I'm one of them — but this is the critical phase in which we transition our efforts from a leadership to supporting role," Miller wrote in an early Saturday morning message to Department of Defense employees. "We are not a people of perpetual war — it is the antithesis of everything for which we stand for which our...
  • Never-Before-Published Letter From US Soldier Sheds New Light On Unstomachable Nazi Horrors in Dachau

    10/13/2020 4:04:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies ^ | October 13, 2020 | Marina Medvin
    “The worst sight and the last place we visited were the cremation chambers at Dachau,” wrote American soldier Leon Morin on July 9, 1945, in a handwritten letter to his family. “… I think it is wors[e] than Buchenwald …” U.S. soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp Dachau on April 29, 1945. What the Americans discovered shocked their conscience. Some U.S. troops were so overwhelmed and enraged by the horrors of this death camp that they executed dozens of Nazi camp guards. Dachau was hell on earth. “Nothing you can put in words would adequately describe what I saw there...