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  • ISIL Compound Strike
    Pentagon: ISIS still a "potent force" after 310 airstrikes
    A Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday that despite more than 300 airstrikes against Islamic State terror targets, "ISIL still remains a potent force".He also admitted that the long-term effect of the airstrikes will be minimal, at best."...
  • Polling the war strategy: Americans say boots on the ground
    Polling the war strategy: Americans say boots on the ground
    Friends and readers are debating the necessity of Americans engaging in full-scale war in the Middle East again. We are in Iraq and Afghanistan where we have been for decades. Now, we are engaging enemy combatants in Syria and Yemen too, among...
  • Senate Republicans
    5 reasons Republicans will win in a wave
    There is some mixed polling out here as we approach the home stretch of the 2014 election season but all indicators are that Republicans are going to win the Senate and expand their majority in the House. They also look to retain some important...
  • Syrian refugees
    Intelligence gaps result in less precise bombing
    According to AP source Ken Dilanian, the Pentagon is struggling with intelligence gaps that have resulted in the bombing of empty buildings and some unintended civilian casualties. That’s about all that can be said about the AP story with...
  • Obama talks about confronting Isis
    It was a war crime when Bush did it but not Obama?
    In 2003 when George W Bush was marshaling support for military intervention in a Middle Eastern country, a broad coalition of antiwar groups united in opposing him. A decade later when President Obama is pushing military intervention in a Middle...
  • Spokesperson Marie Harf, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel leaves the Capitol Hill offices
    President Obama dispatches State Dept. spokesperson Marie Harf to combat ISIS
    This is not your grandfather's war on terror. No longer are wars fought in trenches, with boots on the ground, between two defined adversaries costing thousands of lives on both sides. Today, wars are waged online, tracked on Twitter, and...
  • Iraqis ran from the fight
    Iraqi pluralism slipped away as America withdrew
    A lot of people saw this coming and were correct about it. The policy to withdraw from Iraq post-haste left a vacuum in the balance of power that held the notion of a pluralistic state together by a thread. Now, let’s be realistic about...
  • Obama admitted that his administration underestimated ISIS threat
    Obama on 60 Minutes acknowledges administration underestimated ISIS threat
    President Barack Obama admitted 2014 that his administration underestimated the threat of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in a CBS' '60 Minutes' interview with Steve Kroft that was taped on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 and aired...
  • Obama: U.S. Intelligence got it wrong about ISIS
    Obama: U.S. Intelligence got it wrong about ISIS
    Among the what-ifs in history, political scientists have continued to posit the question what would the world look like if George W. Bush had known reports of Saddam Hussein having “yellow cake” to build a nuclear weapon were erroneous...
  • Boehner ISIS
    Boehner: ISIS are 'barbarians,' Obama needs boots on the ground, says Boehner
    John Boehner weighed in on the growing ISIS conflict Sunday, saying that President Obama has not done enough, and that Congress should be recalled into session so a vote can be presented for putting “boots on the ground.” House Speaker...
  • French pound ISIS
    Break the ISIS fight into smaller bites
    Mark Preston, CNN, provides a story today describing the outcome of a poll that says Americans want to fight ISIS but not with our troops on the ground. That is obvious. The question for military planners and experts is how can they achieve...
  • Speaker of the House John Boehner believes US ground troops are necessary in the fight against ISIS
    Boehner wants Congress to vote on ground troops in war against ISIS
    Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH might agree with President Barack Obama on military action against ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but he does not think the president is doing enough. While in Portland, Maine Boehner sat down...
  • Islamic State News: Canadian ISIS fighter warns West of NYC hit
    Vice News: Shocking video shows Islamic State terrorist 'warning' of NYC attack
    A Canadian ISIS terrorist appeared in a Vice News video, and warned the West that an attack on New York City is being planned by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The disturbing footage comes on the heels of rumors the radical group of...
  • ISIS plan to attack U.S. and Paris subways imminent?
    ISIS plan to attack U.S. and Paris subways imminent?
    According to Iraq’s prime minister and reported by the Associated Press and Fox News on Thursday, an attack by the radical Muslim ISIS’ foreign fighters on the United States and Paris’ subway systems is imminent, although...
  • Obama meets Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
    U.S. and allied troops needed back in Iraq
    Procrastination and stubbornness will cost more American lives. Americans should have left a residual force in Iraq. The consequence is that the Islamic State has taken hold. The Iraqi military is deficiently prepared to take back and to defend...