300 More Troops for Iraq, Obama Declares ISIS Must Be ‘Extracted’

By: Thursday August 21, 2014 6:45 am

Can we call this a war yet? On Wednesday President Obama responded to the killing of James Foley by ISIS by calling ISIS a cancer that needed to be extracted. ISIS killed Foley in response to the killing of ISIS fighters from US airstrikes in Iraq after the group claimed it would kill Americans if the US military attacked them.

It was later revealed that the US had performed a rescue mission to save Foley and other hostages in Syria. The mission reportedly failed due to the hostages not being where US intelligence thought they were.

 

ISIS Warns Of Retaliation If US Airstrikes In Iraq Hit ISIS Fighters

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 9:00 am

Apparently ISIS did not get the memo differentiating airstrikes from ground troops and has now warned that if US forces kill ISIS fighters in Iraq the Islamic State will retaliate against Americans “in any place.”

Ferguson Sees Another Night Of Unrest Despite National Guard Presence

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 7:50 am

Monday night saw renewed clashes between protesters and law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri with two people shot and at least 31 arrested. The police blamed the disharmony on a “tiny minority of lawbreakers” whom they claimed fired on them and had Molotov cocktails.

White House Rolls Back Lobbyist Ban

By: Friday August 15, 2014 11:11 am

While there was always some debate as to whether President Obama had genuinely kept his promise on banning lobbyists from his administration and the polickymaking process, now there is no doubt that the 2010 ethics package is void. After a lawsuit was brought by lobbyists, the Office of Management and Budget issued a new rule allowing registered lobbyists to serve in government.

UPDATED: Maliki Steps Down

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 10:15 am

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is not going quietly. Despite the US calling for regime change and Iraqi President Fuad Masum appointing Haidar al-Abadi as the new prime minister, Maliki is refusing to leave power calling President Masum’s move a “coup.”

Maliki has been blamed by the White House for the current deteriorated state of Sunni-Shiite relations in Iraq which have boiled over and led to Sunni tribes supporting the ISIS forces that have taken significant amounts of territory from the government in Baghdad.

Obama Sends More Troops To Iraq

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 6:52 am

While repeating ad nauseam that he will not be sending ground forces to Iraq, President Obama has been sending ground forces to Iraq. Typically the Obama Administration labels the forces “advisers.” The latest contingent of advisers, 130 strong, was sent yesterday to northern Iraq.

Pentagon Says Airstrikes Will Not Stop ISIS

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 6:49 am

Though President Obama has said the US will not allow ISIS to takeover Iraq, Army General William Mayville reported yesterday that current US airstrikes will not stop ISIS. According to the general the airstrikes can, at best, prevent ISIS from entering Erbil and provide protection for the Yazidi minority sect. The strikes will only have a “temporary effect.”

So the US will not allow ISIS to win but also admits the bombing campaign will not stop ISIS from winning. Sounds like there is a Plan B written down somewhere in DC with the words ground troops in it.

Doing Nothing Is Making Progress

By: Monday August 11, 2014 7:15 pm

If Barack Obama had run for the Presidency against Richard Nixon, Richard Nixon would have been the Democrat. It was Nixon who first created the Environmental Protection Agency, but after the Deep Water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, it was the Obama administration using oil company estimates for the size of the spill, while silencing the EPA.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists Show Solidarity With James Risen in Fight Against Justice Department

By: Monday August 11, 2014 3:20 pm

There is no indication that the Justice Department will not pursue testimony for its leak prosecution against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, and, as a result, fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists have come forward to declare their support for Risen in his fight against revealing information from his confidential sources.

The government has pursued testimony from Risen for well over six years.

Maliki Locks Down Green Zone Fearing Coup As US Expands Bombing Campaign In Iraq

By: Monday August 11, 2014 6:46 am

In what could be part of a power struggle within the government in Baghdad, forces from the Iraqi National Army flooded the so-called Green Zone. Despite calls for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to fade into the background from President Obama and considerable loses of territory to ISIS, Maliki seems determined to stay in power. [...]

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