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  • Chinese and American diplomats
    China progress more timely now than later
    The United States and China are making progress it seems according to a report by Laura Barron-Lopez at The Hill. Secretary of State John Kerry is paving the way for a visit by President Obama to China next month.Here is how the Chinese report...
  • Screenshot from The Jourbney of Karbala
    Official hatred: Saudis confirm disdain for Shiites
    At a time when the free world is sorting out foreign policy toward the Arab and Islamic world, Saudi Arabia serves up an instance to factor in with all of the other evidence. Saudi Arabia is a "frenemy" which sometimes appears as an ally...
  • Cuba leads in Ebola fight
    Castro trumps U.S.: Sending 460 doctors to West Africa
    The news is that Fidel Castro will cooperate with the U.S. in trying to stem the Ebola disaster in West Africa and will send 460 doctors. The U.S. is pleased to have the help. Does everything have to be politicized?What questions might this raise...
  • Mr. Bill
    Oddball news with political implications
    Several stories popped up this afternoon that may strike one as being odd.The first is that Syrians have reported seeing Islamic State personnel, presumably former Iraqi pilots, “training” Islamic State pilots flying around Aleppo...
  • General Martin Dempsey
    General Dempsy: Baghdad not falling but Ebola might
    The distinguished General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was in and out of his lanes the past couple of days. In his lane in Iraq, he doesn’t see Baghdad falling. Why? Because there are too many loyal Shiite fighters who will defend it....
  • Abdullah Abdullah
    Next come the ISIS/Taliban in Afghanistan
    The new franchise of ISIS and Taliban is poised to leverage the vacuum created by Americans withdrawing from bankrupt Afghanistan. Obama's plan is to withdraw completely by 2016. Americans have not “won” in Afghanistan. Afghanistan...
  • Barack Obama, wrong
    Does Obama have it wrong in Iraq?
    According to Bing West, who has written six books about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with the latest being “One Million Steps: a Marine Platoon at War”, Obama’s policies and approach in Iraq and fighting ISIS will fail. That...
  • Losing Iraq
    Can Iraq be recovered?
    The answer is that it must be, eventually. In the beginning of this story, let there be optimism that Iraq can one day emerge as a viable nation in the free world. If that can be accomplished here, it is likely that similar progress will be made...
  • Climate change
    Snicker if you want, DOD says climate change real
    Snicker if you want, DOD says climate change real, so are ISIS and Ebola.Probably many people by now understand the significance of climate change and its likely causes. Burning fossil fuels is the most probable cause. Republicans like Mitch...
  •  Political strategist Dick Morris
    Dick Morris says Panetta slam of Obama 'a hit — a contract killing for Hillary'
    According to a Sunday article in The Hill newspaper, Dick Morris, the former consigliere for Bill Clinton, suggested that Leon Panetta’s attack on President Obama’s foreign policy was a “a hit — a contract killing —...
  • Iraqis and Kurds must win
    Iraq rewind: Obama’s untimely cut and run
    George W. Bush will always get dubious credit for the unwarranted preemptive attack on Iraq. President Obama had the opportunity for earning credit for the eventual withdrawal. He ruined that by trying to fulfill a political promise without...
  • Americans in Iraq
    Fascinating: Anbar Iraqis want American boots on the ground
    Wanted: Americans in Iraq“Overhaulin” might be a good characterization of what is happening in Iraq. First, Americans didn’t truly break Iraq. Saddam Hussein contributed greatly to that. Americans arrived and took Iraq apart....
  • Foggy intelligence
    Hazy intelligence dulls effectiveness of airstrikes
    Ken Dilanian’s AP story is but one instance of many that demonstrate the limitations of airstrikes alone against the ISIS terrorists. First, airpower requires intelligence. Aerial surveillance is often limited by weatherand by air defenses....
  • Secretary of State Kerry
    9,000 ISIS not strategic target?
    It’s all over the news this morning that Secretary of State John Kerry dismisses the fall of Kobani to ISIS as being non-strategic. That is an absolute alibi and nonsense. The alibi is for being ineffective at obtaining “allied”...
  • Turkey holds back
    Is Turkey lobbying to take out Assad?
    A report in the Washington Post describes the American frustration with Turkey’s holding back military forces that could be used to strike ISIS within sight of its borders. Turkey is openly asking to attack Bashar al-Assad and his regime as...