Is there any tyrant around whom Obama won't appease without getting anything in return? He started off by giving Russia what it wanted by backing out of a deal to put a missile defense system in Poland. And we got nothing in return. He's made a deal with Syria to ignore his supposed "red line" and got only empty prisons.
Related: “The Case For A Pre-Emptive Strike On North Korea’s Missiles”by Ashton Carter/strong> Excerpted from The Atlantic: The job that seemingly nobody wants has somehow found its perfect fit. Ashton Carter, the former Deputy Secretary of Defense, appears to be the president’s choice to replace Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon. While an announcement hasn’t formally [...]
From Ian:Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians and the "Death Boats" ScandalPalestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki claimed that each Palestinian paid $1,000 to Hamas personnel at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. Others are believed to have paid $5,000 each to leave the Gaza Strip.
From Ian:JCPA: Abbas Shuts the Door to Negotiations with IsraelIn his speech Abbas, who claimed there was no longer an Israeli partner for a political settlement, set forth the other components of his plan.
From Ian:US calls on UNRWA to ‘uphold neutrality’ after call to boycott ‘Post’The State Department is calling on personnel at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to “uphold its stated policy of neutrality,” after its spokesman, Chris Gunness, called for a boycott of The Jerusalem Post last week.
The Islamic State scored a major victory today over Syrian leader Basher Assad's forces when they broke through after a two week siege to capture the strategic Tabqa airbase southwest of their northern stronghold of Raqqa. Hundreds of the 1,000 Syrian soldiers trapped there were killed.
Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question:Which Should America Choose - Shi'ites, Sunnis or Neither? The Independent Sentinel: We need to bomb ISIS. We should have bombed them a month ago when they were on the Syria-Iraq border.
The Workers World Party is one of the most extreme leftist groups in America. They support Cuba, Iran, North Korea, even Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe. This November 22 video 2014 video “Why workers & the oppressed must stand with the Ferguson rebellion” from WWP leader Larry Holmes proves unequivocally that the the Party is coordinating [...]
Howdy there folks. How is your day today? International Politics Overall - A U.N. official said there were “constructive” talks with Syrian rebels to stop fighting in Aleppo, Syria Middle East - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel more airstrikes against the Islamic State are needed; Meanwhile, seven people were killed by mortar [...]
Gee, President Obama seems quite eager to blame the Bush administration for his pulling American troops out of Iraq. As James Taranto notices, Obama's defense of his policies shifts around from explaining why he didn't achieve a Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqis and then saying that he would have pulled the troops out anyway.
The Washington Post explains pretty clearly what was wrong with the President's gift to the Castro regime.Mr. Obama argued that his sweeping change of policy was overdue because the strategy of isolating the Communist regime “has had little effect.
The past week was filled with officials coming before members of Congress to sell President Barack Obama’s strategy for escalating war in Iraq and Syria. It worked. Congress approved the arming and training of rebel forces in Syria to fight ISIS. However, this did not take place without members of Congress hearing some voices of dissent loud and clear.
From Ian:In Iraq, Syria, US lifts rules meant to protect civiliansThe White House revealed on Tuesday that its usually strict rules of engagement, intended to prevent civilian casualties of US airstrikes, have been relaxed in the current offensive against the Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups.
From Ian:Khaled Abu Toameh: Why Abbas Endorsed Hamas DemandsEvidently, Abbas has reached the conclusion that unless he hurries up and declares his support for the Palestinian "resistance" groups in the Gaza Strip, his people will march on his office and force him to quit.
THAT WAS QUICK … Barack Obama’s Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is out. Some say he resigned, others say it was a firing. In any event, Hagel has stepped down as Defense Secretary. Talk about a revolving door. On January 7, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Hagel to serve as Secretary of Defense. On February 12, [...]
From Ian:Alan Dershowitz: UN probe of Israel will only encourage Hamas war crimesThere you go again," as Ronald Reagan said to Jimmy Carter. Once again the United Nations Human Rights Council has voted – with the United States dissenting – to conduct a so-called "investigation" of Israel's military responses to Hamas's double war crimes.
From Ian:PM: Palestinian failure to recognize Jewish links to Israel is a 'tragedy' It is a “tragedy” that many Palestinians deny any Jewish connection to the Land of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at the start of a meeting with visiting Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.This marks the first ever visit to Israel by a Serbian prime minister.
Vienna (AFP) - Iran and world powers have given themselves seven more months to clinch a landmark nuclear agreement, and defuse a 12-year standoff, after missing a Monday midnight deadline for a deal.The failure came despite an intensive five-day diplomatic push in the Austrian capital Vienna involving the foreign ministers of Iran, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.