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Army Lets Go Green Beret Who Confronts Child Abuser

green beret A Green Beret is being involuntarily discharged because he shoved an Afghan police he was training when he found he was a child-rapist and woman-beater. How would you react if you found that a man you were training for an important job in government used his authority to rape a boy and then beat up the mother when she reported him? How would you respond if you confronted him and he laughed that you would even care about such a small thing? Let me change focus slightly and ask the question a Read more [...] Continue reading →

Making the War on ISIS Look Good

pentagon The military’s Central Command has been writing reports on the war on ISIS that include positive conclusions that aren’t justified by the information. Jason Ditz reports for Antiwar.com, “Centcom Skewed ISIS War Intel To Be More Upbeat.” The perennial positivity of all public Pentagon assessments on the war against ISIS, despite major, glaring losses on the ground, has been a matter of no small controversy for awhile, and has also successfully kept the elected officials who are on the Read more [...] Continue reading →

Jeb Bush Wants Expanded NSA

Bush boys It is crazy that Jeb Bush defended the NSA, but now he is calling for an Expanded NSA. Reuters reports, “Jeb Bush: NSA Needs Broader Powers to Combat 'Evildoers'.” Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers." At a national security forum in the early voting state of South Carolina, Bush put himself at odds Read more [...] Continue reading →

No, Jeb, Invading Iraq Was Not a Good Deal

iraq terrorism Invading Iraq gave Iran a religious ally, al Qaeda a new playground, and the Christian church a new onslaught of persecution. Jeb Bush wants us to believe that everything wrong in Iraq is the fault of Clinton and Obama while everything done by his father and brother was "a good deal." This kind of obvious wishful thinking is what could destroy a Republican victory in 2016. A Bloomberg report begins: Jeb Bush defended some of his brother's Iraq war decisions as president while also seeking to Read more [...] Continue reading →

Jeb Bush: "Let's Help Free Syrian Army" What Could Go Wrong?

syria iraq isis Isn’t the Free Syrian Army simply the U.S. supplies and weapons acquisition unit for ISIS? It blew my mind when I watched the foreign policy debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in 2012 that Romney pretended we had natural allies in Syria that we could support to overthrow Bashar al-Assad who “had to go.” It was completely delusional thinking and it wasn’t any different from what Barack Obama was already doing. Back then, Mark Horne pointed out that people who beat their enemies Read more [...] Continue reading →

The Foreign Policy Shell Game and Iran

iraq iran First of all let me say this, “The Iranian leaders are bad people”. But that’s also my opinion of the Chinese leaders, Russian leaders, and frankly, the European technocrats too. I’m equal opportunity when it comes to central states and foreign policy. I do not like any of them. But a question keeps rolling around in the back of my mind, “Why does the United States hate Iran so much?” Really it doesn’t make any sense. I know, I know, they were chanting death to America the other day. Read more [...] Continue reading →

Fake Success: Fake Schools in Afghanistan, Courtesy of the U.S. Government

burning money The schools in Afghanistan that our government claims to have built and run… don’t exist. There is one major school that still kind of exists that was reported to be a wild success. It did start well. Nearly four years later, water seeps through the leaky roof and drips onto students in this more than $250,000 construction. Doors are cut in half; some are missing altogether. There is no running water for the approximately 200 boys — and zero girls — who attend. But the school did enrich Read more [...] Continue reading →

Michelle Obama’s Disney World of Native American Stereotypes

Drones_02 Michelle Obama unloaded all her Native American stereotypes in a speech that must have been inspired by the Disney cartoon, Pocahontas. Apparently, as long as they are aimed at flattery, Native American stereotypes are just fine. CNS News reports, “ First Lady Michelle Obama said on Thursday at a tribal youth gathering at the White House that the United States is “finally” embracing the wisdom of Native Americans on conservation and climate change, and claimed that America’s founders Read more [...] Continue reading →

The Murderous Anarchy of Drone Strikes

drone-obama Drone strikes are supposed to be done as military operations against enemy forces, not random acts of murder. But Barack Obama doesn’t seem too worried… Obviously wars depend on killing. Contrary to many on the Right and the Left, Barack Obama has had no qualms about killing and killing many. But sometimes, when the press gets hold of information about just how many people are getting killed by drones whom we have no reason to target, the Administration gets embarrassed. So what do they Read more [...] Continue reading →

War on Terror Report: You’re in More Danger than Ever!

mencken politics quote How can the failure of the War on Terror mean that we need more of it? The point of most politics is to make us afraid. As H. L. Mencken put it long ago, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” This explains everything from Climate Change to the war on terror—even though I would not say that all of the terrorists are imaginary. Still, after Read more [...] Continue reading →

The US Arms ISIS by Arming Iraq

UStentsISIS By giving weapons to a nation’s army that cannot keep them, effectively, the US arms ISIS. If we make a mistake once, and then fix it, or change policy, then the mistake is not that sinister. But when we make it over and over, and no one seems to be trying to fix it, we have to wonder if it is a mistake or a plan. We already know that the US arms ISIS. One way they did it is by taking weapons from Libya. But another one of the ongoing ways in which ISIS gets US arms is through Iraq. The Iraqi Read more [...] Continue reading →

The Proxy Fight Against ISIS is Collapsing

obama syria Arming groups to fight against ISIS can easily backfire. The Daily Beast reported yesterday, “Exclusive: Key Rebels Ready to Quit U.S. Fight Vs. ISIS.” A centerpiece of the U.S. war plan against ISIS is in danger of collapsing. A key rebel commander and his men are ready to pull out in frustration of the U.S. program to train a rebel army to beat back the terror group in Syria, The Daily Beast has learned. The news comes as ISIS is marching on the suburbs of Aleppo, Syria's second-largest Read more [...] Continue reading →