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American-Backed Forces Capture Raqqa, But ISIS Is Far From Defeated

ISIS Fighters

The capital of the purported caliphate declared by ISIS has apparently fallen, but that doesn’t mean the end of ISIS. In fact, it may make the group more dangerous.

U.S.-Russian Relations Hit a New Low

Two powers

It’s been a bad week for U.S.-Russian relations.

Poll Finds Majority Support For Missile Strikes On Syria

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A majority of Americans support last week’s airstrikes in Syria but are skeptical of any expansion beyond that.

U.S., Russian Agreement On Syria Seems Doomed To Fail

US Syria Russia

The United States and Russia have reached an agreement to end fighting in Syria, but it seems unlikely to succeed given that it doesn’t involve the parties actually doing the fighting.

Gary Johnson Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

Gary Johnson

Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson doesn’t get much national press attention, and it doesn’t help when he flubs an answer like he did this morning.

Putin Announces Start Of Withdrawal Of Russian Forces From Syria

Vladimir Putin Sunglasses

To the surprise of many, Russia’s President announced that Russia would begin winding down its six month old intervention in Syria.

War Against ISIS Poised To Expand Into Libya?

Obama ISIS

Get ready for an expansion of the war against ISIS into Libya, because it’s probably not far away.

Another Poll Shows Republicans Support Donald Trump’s ‘Ban All Muslims’ Immigration Plan

Trump Nixon V

Heading into another Presidential debate, a new poll shows that Republicans are very receptive to Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Is Syria Already A Quagmire For Putin?

Putin Smirk

Some analysts are already suggesting that Russia’s two month old intervention in Syria is becoming a quagmire. That seems to be a premature judgment, but it’s not accomplishing much more than anything the West is doing.

Obama’s Big ISIS Speech Was A Big Nothing

Obama Oval Office Podium

For an Oval Office address delivered on a Sunday night, President Obama’s speech last night sounded more like a statement read from the podium in the press room.

San Bernardino Leaves Anti-Terror Policy In Disarray As Obama Prepares To Address Nation

Obama ISIS

The attack in San Bernardino has seemingly left the Administration’s anti-terror strategy in disarray, so the President is addressing the nation tonight to say, well, something I guess.

German Parliament Approves Expansion Of Involvement In Anti-ISIS Campaign

German Flag

The German Parliament has approved expansion of the nation’s involvement in the campaign against ISIS, but that doesn’t make the current campaign any less incoherent.

Our Feckless Congress Is Shirking Its Constitutional Duties On The War Against ISIS

United States Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. Aerial

Yesterday, the British Parliament debated the expansion of that nation’s military strikes against ISIS. For more than a year, our cowardly Congress has failed to even hold one debate or vote on America’s role in that conflict.

British Parliament Approves Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria

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The British Parliament has approved expansion of that countries airstrikes into Syria, but it’s unclear just how much of an impact that will have on the ground.

Francois Hollande’s Quest For A United Front Against ISIS May Be Doomed To Fail

Hollande Putin

France’s President has spent the week trying to forge and agreement on an anti-ISIS policy, but the two nations that matter the most also disagree the most.

Tensions Between Russia And Turkey Remain High In Wake Of Russian Jet Incident

Turkey Russia Flags

Tensions between Russia and Turkey remain high in the wake of yesterday’s incident, but there are some signs that things are starting to cool down.

Hillary Clinton’s Ideas On How To Fight ISIS Are As Incoherent And Flawed As Everyone Else’s

Clinton CFR Speech

Hillary Clinton’s recently announced policies toward the ISIS fight are as incoherent and misguided as President Obama’s and those of her Republican opponents.

Turkey Downs Russian Jet

Turkey Russia Flags

A potentially big complication in an already complicated situation.

Syrian Refugees: Separating The Truth And The Facts From Myth, Paranoia, Fear, And Xenophobia

A collection of material that tries to separate the facts of the U.S. Syrian refugee screen process from the fear, myth, paranoia, and xenophobia.

On The Syrian Refugee Issue And The Internment Of Japanese-Americans During World War II

Japanese Interment Poster

Remarks by a Democratic politician in Virginia regarding the Administration’s Syrian refugee program have brought up disturbing reminders of a shameful time in American history.

Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Oppose Administration’s Syrian Refugee Policy

Syrian Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that most Americans are at the very least skeptical about the Administration’s plans regarding Syrian refugees.

What, Exactly, Does Uttering The Words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” Accomplish?

Obama ISIS

Republicans insist that uttering the words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” is somehow important in the fight against ISIS and other terror networks, but it is entirely unclear what doing so would accomplish.

Thanks To Pandering And Fearmongering, Syrian Refugees Are Now Pawns In American Politics

Syrian Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

Syrian refugees have quickly become political footballs in the United States in the wake of the Paris attacks, and it’s become an exceedingly shameful display of pandering and fearmongering by a group of largely Republican politicians.

Even After Paris, A Syrian No-Fly Zone Is A Foolish Idea

Obama ISIS

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, there’s a strong impulse to do “something,” but that doesn’t mean we should do something utterly foolish. And a no-fly zone would be utterly foolish.

The Paris Attacks Have Made The Syrian Refugee Crisis Much More Complicated

Syrian Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

The news that at least some of the men who were involved in the terrorist attacks in Paris were among the refugees who have arrived in Europe since the summer is likely to complicate an already complicated situation.

French President Blames ISIS For Paris’s Night Of Terror, Vows French Response

Paris Attack November 13-2

France’s President blames ISIS, vows response, as death toll from Paris terror attacks stands at at least 127.

A Night Of Terror In Paris

Paris Attack November 13

Reports of at least up to sixty dead, a hostage situation, and attacks at multiple locations in Paris.

Majority of Americans Oppose Ground Troops In Syria And Iraq

Obama ISIS

In the wake of President Obama’s to send Special Forces to Syria, a new poll finds the public doesn’t like the idea very much.

Consensus Continues To Grow That Russian Airliner Was Taken Out By A Bomb

Metrojet A321 Wreckage

The investigation continues, but the consensus seems to be growing that Metrojet 9268 was taken out by a bomb.

Politinerds: Andrew Malcom On Russia, China, ISIS, And Syria

Politinerds

Our guest this week on Politinerds was a Andrew Malcom, who makes a return appearance this time to talk about foreign policy issues ranging from Syria and Russia’s intervention in that conflict, the direction or lack thereof in American policy in the war against ISIS and the Syrian Civil War, and the issues at stake […]

President Obama Likely To Leave World In As Bad A Shape As He Found It, If Not Worse

Barack Obama

President Obama came to office inheriting the legacy of one unnecessary war, and another that had faded from memory. He will leave office with Iraq and Syria in crisis, Europe uneasy, Yemen and Libya unstable breeding grounds for terrorism, and China doing whatever it is they’re doing.

Despite Previous Promises Not To Do So, Obama Is Putting Boots On The Ground In Syria

Obama Syria

Another day, another military escalation in the Middle East.

Obama Considering Plan That Would Get U.S. Ground Troops Closer To Front Lines In ISIS War

Obama ISIS

President Obama is reportedly considering a plan that would put American forces much closer to the ground war in the war against ISIS.

U.S. And Russia Reach Deal On Syrian Airspace

U.S. Russia Syria

The U.S. and Russia have reached a much-needed deal to avoid inadvertent confrontations over the skies of Syria.

Obama Administration Abandoning Program To Train And Equip “Moderate” Syrian Rebels

Obama Syria

In the wake of failure that could have been easily foreseen, the Obama Administration is ending a program to train so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels.

Russia Aims For Syria, Hits Iran

Putin Smirk

Missed it by that much.

Neither The United States Nor Russia Have A Coherent Policy In Syria

Obama and Putin

With Russia now launching its own airstrikes in Syria, it’s become obvious that U.S. policy in the Syrian Civil War is irrational and contradictory. And Russia’s policy isn’t any better.

U.S. To Increase Number Of Syrian Refugees Accepted Into The Country

Syrian Refugees

The U.S. is set to ramp up its contribution to dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis, but there’s a lot more we can do.

George W. Bush Wants To Send Combat Troops To Iraq Again

George W Bush

Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.

Turkish Governing Party Loses Parliamentary Majority In Elections

Turkey Flag Map

Turkey’s governing party suffered big setbacks at the ballot box yesterday.

Hillary Clinton Has Her Own Questions To Answer About Iraq, Libya, And Syria

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Clinton has admitted she made a mistake in supporting the Iraq War in 2002, but there are plenty of other questions she needs to answer when it comes to foreign interventions.

Marco Rubio’s Supposed Expertise On Foreign Policy Leaves Much To Be Desired

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio is often described as one of the GOP’s leaders on foreign policy, but a close look reveals a decided lack of substance.

U.S. Bombings Driving Anti-Assad Rebels To Support ISIS

Obama Syria

Our supposed Syrian allies seem to have a different idea of who the enemy in Syria actually is.

Obama Authorizes 1,500 More U.S. Troops For ISIS Fight

Barack Obama

Mission creep.

Report: Islamic State Training Pilots On Captured Syrian Jets

Obama Syria

Reuters is reporting that groups monitoring the war in Syria are saying that former members of the Iraqi military who have defected to the Islamic State are training pilots using jets captured from the Syrian military: (Reuters) – Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly […]

Air War In Syria Not Exactly Going As Planned

Obama Syria

So far at least, the air strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria do not seem to be having much of an impact.

President Obama’s Misplaced Trust In The “Moderate” Syrian Rebels

Syrian Rebels

After keeping his distance from them for three years, President Obama is placing much misplaced hope in the “moderate” Syrian rebels,

Arming The “Good” Syrian Rebels Would Not Have Prevented The Rise Of ISIS

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Dispelling a rising myth,

ISIS Declares Caliphate, Renames Itself ‘Islamic State’

ISIS Map

Is ISIS’s reach about to exceed its grasp?

President Obama’s Plan To Arm “Moderate” Syrian Rebels Is A Bad Idea

Obama Marine One

For some reason, President Obama wants to arm so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels.

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