This Weekend Be a Patriot: Stop Another US Military Intervention in Iraq

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 6:55 am

This July 4, the fireworks won’t just be in celebration of Independence Day. There will undoubtedly be fireworks in cities throughout the Middle East, as the region, engulfed in violence, further explodes. The US military and US tax dollars are already deeply entangled in Middle Easterners’ lives (and deaths), and President Obama is under pressure to get further involved in the wars in Iraq and Syria.

But what advice would our nation’s founders give the 44th president this July 4?

 

ISIS Declares Caliphate In Syria And Iraq

By: Monday June 30, 2014 6:45 am

The Islamic State of Syria and Levant (ISIS) has renamed itself the “Islamic State” and claims to have established a caliphate in parts of what are still recognized as Syria and Iraq under international law. The Islamic State says they expect all Muslims to recognize and respect their authority. The consequence for not accepting said authority is death.

Late Night: So Obama Knows How to Play Cards After All?

By: Sunday June 29, 2014 8:00 pm

Anyone who thinks Congress (especially Congressional Republicans) will happily and readily go along with anything Obama says he wants, raise your hand. Then smack yourself on the forehead with it.

Syria, Iraq, Captain Phillips & the ISIS Pirates

By: Monday June 23, 2014 6:05 pm

On my recent really-long plane ride back from Syria where I had served as an election observer, I must have watched at least six different inflight movies — and one of them was Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks. It was all about being attacked by brutal pirates brandishing deadly weapons — and about looting and fear.

Maliki Government Loses Control Of Syria And Jordanian Borders, Army Facing ‘Psychological Collapse’

By: Monday June 23, 2014 6:28 am

The situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate as the central government in Baghdad is reportedly unable to control its borders with Syria and Lebanon. Militants now have essentially free passage to enter Iraq exacerbating the unrest and instability that has been sweeping the country since ISIS and local Iraqi Sunnis attacked areas previously controlled by the Shiite dominated government in Baghdad run by Prime Minster Nuri Al-Maliki.

Podcast: Dahr Jamail on ISIS, Maliki & How the US Has Fueled a Growing Regional War

By: Sunday June 22, 2014 6:59 am

What is being reported in the news is that in the past day or two the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has advanced and taken control of more towns in western Iraq, including a strategic border crossing. But where did ISIS come from? What has made this militant group so strong?

Iraq Prime Minster Maliki Refuses To Step Down After US Request

By: Friday June 20, 2014 6:40 am

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has said that he will not resign from office as members of the US government have requested, even if that means the US will not provide military support against ISIS militants. The Iraqi government has already publicly called for US assistance to help stop a major ISIS offensive that is raging just outside Baghdad and crippling the country’s oil production in Baiji.

Max Boot Pretends Saudi Arabia Not Already Funding Extremists In Middle East

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 2:21 pm

Max Boot is a senior fellow at CFR and, along with Michael Doran of the Brookings Institute, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post that included claims so demonstrably and obviously false that one can only reason they were included to be deliberately misleading. None more so than Boot and Doran’s claim about Saudi Arabia’s role in Middle Eastern politics.

ISIS and Saudi Arabia

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 10:15 am

The Saudi Royal Family holds a tenuous power in the Kingdom. In order to tamp down rebellion against the House of Saud by ultra-Wahhabi extremists, the Saudis have devised a scheme where radical jihadi groups are funded extravagantly through networks of Saudi charities around the world. Radical Saudi citizens are encouraged and funded to express their zeal for jihad outside of the Kingdom in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kosovo, Chechnya, Iraq, and Syria, while leaving the Saudi royals free from rebellion in the Kingdom.

President Obama Puts Military Option on the Table With Iraq

By: Friday June 13, 2014 11:42 am

In a press conference today on the White House lawn President Barack Obama announced that while he was not considering ground troops he and his staff were willing to use US military force against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) fighters in Iraq on the condition that the Iraqi government had a viable political plan to accompany any US military action. Yes, America may be going back into Iraq.

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