Obama said a week ago he did not have a strategy to combat ISIS, and that now he does. He was right the first time.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday September 10, 2014 12:31 pm|
For those who argued with the theory about a month ago that interceding in Iraq for “humanitarian purposes” to help the Yazidis was just a subterfuge to have the U.S. re-enter a messy war that supposedly ended for us in 2011, well, you were wrong. It was. Enjoy that slippery slope.
|By: DSWright Monday September 1, 2014 6:45 am|
Though today Kurdish rebels are serving on the front lines of the US backed counter-offensive against ISIS, leaked intelligence information reveals a more complicated relationship between the Kurds and the US government. Though the US appears to value its relationship with the Kurds it also wants strong ties with Turkey to the point of betrayal.
|By: Peter Van Buren Saturday August 16, 2014 12:45 pm|
Special Forces Sergeant Bill “Buck” Turgidson took a knee behind a sand berm, at an undisclosed location in the scrappy northern Iraqi desert.
“Old Mr. ISIS is a clever fighter,” said the hardened veteran, “but even though Uncle Sam has been fighting him for the last 11 years continuously, long past my failed first and second marriages but I ain’t bitter, we still have a couple of tricks up our sleeve. Yes, sir, this time around we’re getting on the inside to unleash hell.”
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday August 13, 2014 10:31 am|
No one wants to see anyone suffer, Yazidi or otherwise. What we do want is to know the truth about what is going on in Iraq even as Obama continues airstrikes, and prepares to send in 130 more American troops.
U.S. officials said they believed that some type of ground force would be necessary to secure the passage of the stranded members of the Yazidi group. The military is drawing up plans for consideration by President Obama that could include American ground troops.
So a couple of questions here.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 2, 2014 6:45 am|
‘As President Obama alerts Congress that he is sending more US combat troops into Iraq, other countries are flying in. The US has been joined by Iran and Russia in the skies over Iraq as the Maliki government in Baghdad tries to hold on to power. Though the US has confirmed flying drones, the other nations are using more traditional combat aircraft.
|By: DSWright Tuesday June 24, 2014 6:45 am|
One of the unintended beneficiaries of the current crisis in Iraq has been the Kurds of Northern Iraq. With the Shiite dominated government focused on Sunni fighters, the Kurds have already been able to retake historic and oil rich territory such as Kirkuk. And now Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani has said “The time is here for the Kurdistan people to determine their future and the decision of the people is what we are going to uphold.”
|By: Deena Stryker Sunday January 12, 2014 9:00 am|
In May of 2012, President Obama addressed graduates at the U.S. Air Force Academy in these terms:
“I see an American century because no other nation seeks the role that we play in global affairs, and no other nation can play the role that we play in global affairs.”
Less than two years later, not only has the president’s claim of American exceptionalism been widely derided, the country is in disarray on the world stage.
|By: GREYDOG Sunday June 30, 2013 8:15 am|
The problem currently facing Turkey that has been the most harmful and has the longest background has been the conflicts with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party). A major attempt at a solution had been the “Peace Process” that gave hope to millions across the country. Although the government had taken steps in negotiating a peace process with PKK, mobilizing the wise people across the country and promising peace for future, in the meantime more police “fortresses,” under the name of border outposts (far away from any borderline) have been constructed.