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  • You want hypotheticals? Here’s one. (Krauthammer Opines)

    05/21/2015 8:53:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 18 replies
    WAPO ^ | May 2, 2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall. It gets worse. The Gulf states’ top leaders, betrayed and bitter, ostentatiously boycott President Obama’s failed Camp David summit. “We were America’s best friend in the Arab world for 50 years,” laments Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief.Note: “were,”...
  • Fleeing Iraqi Troops Leave U.S. Weapons for ISIS — Again

    05/21/2015 3:29:28 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | May 20, 2015 | by Jack Kenny
    The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Tuesday that dozens of U.S. vehicles and weapons, including tanks, armored personnel carriers, and artillery pieces, were abandoned by fleeing Iraqi troops when Islamic State forces captured the city of Ramadi in central Iraq Sunday. A Pentagon spokesman, Colonel Steve Warren, estimated that a half-dozen tanks were abandoned, a similar number of artillery pieces, a larger number of armored personnel carriers, and about 100 wheeled vehicles such as Humvees, the Associated Press reported. The fleeing Iraqi troops and the abandonment of U.S. weapons are nearly a replay of what happened when ISIS captured the...
  • Obama: 'I Don't Think We're Losing' War Against ISIS

    05/21/2015 5:29:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 72 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/5/15
    Video US President Barack Obama has described the loss of key Iraqi territory to Islamic State as a tactical setback, while insisting the war against the jihadist group is not being lost. "I don't think we're losing," Obama said in an interview with news magazine The Atlantic published Thursday, days after the Iraqi city of Ramadi was overrun. Shia militias converged on Ramadi Monday in a bid recapture it from jihadists who dealt the Iraqi government a stinging blow by overrunning the city in a deadly three-day blitz. The loss of the capital of Iraq's largest province was Baghdad's worst...
  • Obama Defends Approach to ISIS Fight but Says More Is Needed

    05/21/2015 4:02:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 21, 2015 | By PETER BAKER
    President Obama denied that the United States and its allies were losing the fight against Islamic State forces in the Middle East, but he acknowledged in an interview posted online on Thursday that more should be done to help Iraqis recapture lost territory. He offered no regrets about his handling of the war and said in the end it would be up to the Iraqis to increase their efforts. The president and his team argued for months that they had reversed the momentum of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, but critics and independent experts said it...
  • Sen. Tom Cotton: We shouldn't be ashamed of the Iraq War

    05/21/2015 1:19:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/21/2015 | David M. Drucker
    Tom Cotton, the Iraq war veteran from Arkansas turned Republican senator, has a message to fellow soldiers: "We should not be ashamed of the war we conducted in Iraq." Leading Republicans are sticking by the Iraq war, declining to follow the Democrats into full retreat and regret. Cotton, while conceding that there are lessons to be learned from the conflict and that it might have been handled differently in retrospect, maintains that President George W. Bush made the best decision he could at the time based on the available intelligence about Saddam Hussein's presumed stockpile of weapons of mass destruction....
  • Chris Matthews Plays Hardball with Mike Morrell..Tries To Anyway

    05/21/2015 12:55:35 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-21-15 | Wordsmith
    Former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell has been making his rounds in the media, promoting his new book. Earlier this week, he appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews; and the Iraq war critics have been salivating over this "Aha! Gotcha!" moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqOat2wDitQ Host Chris Matthews asked Morell about a statement Cheney made in 2003: "We know he [Saddam Hussein] has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." Here's the conversation that followed: MATTHEWS: Was that true? MORELL: We were saying— MATTHEWS: Can you answer that question? Was that...
  • Iraq and the White House Time Machine

    05/21/2015 10:57:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    EVERYONE HAD a field day with Jeb Bush's mishandling of the Iraq question Megyn Kelly posed during a TV interview last week: "Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?" Over the course of several days, Bush's answer switched from a firm yes ("I would have") to a firm no ("I would not have gone into Iraq"). Other GOP presidential hopefuls, quick to exploit Bush's fumble, quickly declared that in hindsight they wouldn't have gone to war. Obviously there will be no do-over of the Iraq war authorization; the next president can't hop a time machine back...
  • Vanity: Obama Sending more weapons into Iraq??? (Anti-Tank)

    05/21/2015 10:21:20 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 31 replies
    To me it's treasonous to send more weapons into Iraq at this point! Just saw this on Foxnews ISIS controls way too much of Iraq to do this! ISIS WILL get their hands on these Anti-Tank Weapons. Look what just happened in Ramadi! We are supplying ISIS with weaponry! This is insanity!
  • ISIS: A Bolshevik Precedent?

    05/20/2015 6:49:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | May 20, 2015 | Andrew Stuttaford
    For all the horror of the reports coming out of the ‘Islamic State’, there seems to have been a fairly widespread assumption that ISIS is, if not beaten at least contained, and that in due course it will burn out/be burnt out. Historical parallels are dangerous to draw and they often lead to some wildly incorrect conclusions, but ISIS’s position in Syria and Iraq reminds me more than a little of the situation in which the nascent soviet state found itself during the early years of the Russian Civil War. The Bolsheviks were encircled by hostile forces, who, on paper,...
  • Why Boko Haram and ISIS Target Women

    05/20/2015 3:49:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    ChristianityToday.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | by Katelyn Beaty
    In all the battles waged by men, one of the most effective ways to destroy the enemy is to destroy its women. Rape and sexual abuse are wartime “strategies” as old as war itself. Popular Christian writer Ann Voskamp recently visited refugees in Northern Iraq who had fled ISIS, the self-declared Islamic State. Voskamp noticed 5- and 7-year old girls among the families, but no 9-year-olds. The reason, writes Voskamp: “ISIS sells 9-year-old girls in slave bazaars… They are categorized. Stripped. And shipped naked. Examined and distributed. Sold and passed around like meat. Livestock.” ISIS “has institutionalized sexual violence and...
  • Knowing What We Know Now, Would You Say Jeb Bush is Retarded?

    05/20/2015 3:02:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 20, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    Was Jeb Bush too busy watching telenovelas during his brother's presidency to remember the Iraq War? We went to war at such breakneck speed after 9/11, that, before the invasion, I was able to write approximately 30 columns about it, give five dozen speeches on it, discuss it on TV a hundred times and read 1,089 New York Times editorials denouncing the "rush to war." So I remember the arguments. Contrary to the fairy tale the left has told itself since Obama truculently gave away America's victory in Iraq, our argument wasn't that we had to invade Iraq because of...
  • Rice to Iraq War vets: Hey, we “ended two wars responsibly,” y’know

    05/20/2015 2:40:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    This claim from national security adviser Susan Rice stands in such contrast to reality that Foreign Policy’s Paul McCleary gave it the subheadline, “Really? Really?” Speaking to a group of Iraq War veterans who began the day wondering how the US and Iraq could possibly have lost Ramadi, a city for which Americans bled to pacify, Rice tried a novel approach to the question — complete and utter denial of reality. McCleary notes, “Susan Rice whiffs” in the main headline: Even before National Security Advisor Susan Rice started speaking Tuesday night, at a poignant German Embassy photography exhibit of soldiers...
  • ISIS seizes large weapons arsenal abandoned by Iraqi Army in Ramadi says US Department of Defense

    05/20/2015 1:28:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 80 replies
    IraqiNews ^ | 5-20-2015 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    The US Department of Defense “Pentagon” accused the Iraqi army of leaving behind large quantities of weapons and ammunition when it pulled out of the city of Ramadi on Sunday. The weapons, which have been seized by ISIS, include tanks, armored vehicles and heavy guns. After the fall of the city of Mosul at the hands of ISIS last June, the latter have seized massive amounts of American weapons and sophisticated gear left by the Iraqi army. After this date ISIS became stronger; it doubled its strength and its fighters became roaming by “Humvee” vehicles and American tanks and they...
  • Iran's leader rejects foreign access to military sites, scientists

    05/20/2015 11:38:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    Iran's supreme leader vowed Wednesday he will not allow international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders Wednesday that Iran will resist "coercion and excessive demands" from America and other world powers. Negotiators from Iran and a six nation group — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — have launched a new round of talks in Vienna focused on reaching a final deal that curbs Iran's nuclear program in return for lifting economic sanctions. The two sides reached a framework agreement in...
  • Obama Snatched Ramadi Defeat From Bush Victory

    05/20/2015 10:38:57 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The White House description of the fall of Ramadi to ISIS forces we have supposedly been busy degrading and destroying as a “setback” is like the British calling Dunkirk in World War II a strategic withdrawal. Ramadi is a defeat, the result of the precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by President Obama against the advice of military minds who know better about these things than the former community organizer from Illinois. It is a defeat for President Obama’s foreign policy, a rebuke of his fundamental transformation of America’s role in the world from a leader who shaped events...
  • Bush Would Use Obama Immigration Order to Extort Legislation from Congress [semi-satire]

    05/20/2015 10:21:01 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 May 2015 | John Semmens
    Potential candidate for president and former Governor of Florida JEB Bush told FOX News’ Megyn Kelly that “unlike some other GOP presidential contenders, I would not move to immediately undo President Obama’s executive action granting special privileges to illegal immigrants. Instead, I would refuse to revoke it until Congress passed appropriate enabling legislation. In any case, the American voter can count on me to see that legalizing those in this country illegally will go forward with or without legislation.” Bush acknowledged the shaky legality of Obama’s executive action, but averred that “doing the right thing is more important than confining...
  • Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance

    05/20/2015 12:56:25 AM PDT · by grundle · 48 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 18, 2015
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance Administration knew three months before the November 2012 presidential election of ISIS plans to establish a caliphate in Iraq Administration knew of arms being shipped from Benghazi to Syria (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified “Secret” documents from the Department of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by...
  • In Beaumont, Ted Cruz Spars a Bit

    05/19/2015 8:52:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | May 19, 2015 | Bobby Blanchard
    BEAUMONT — Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz hit some of his main stump points while meeting with local leaders here Tuesday afternoon — promising to defend the Constitution, step back from the Obama administration's foreign policy and promote economic growth. Then Texas' junior Republican U.S. senator, visiting Beaumont to meet privately with county officials and others, got in a light sparring round with reporters, mainly working on his attacks on Hillary Clinton and defending his views on same-sex marriage. "Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed...
  • Recollections and Insights of an Iraqi Christian

    05/19/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 19, 2015 | LUMA SIMMS
    I was born in Baghdad, but all my ancestors before me, including my parents, where born in Mosul and neighboring cities in Northern Iraq. Even now when I speak Arabic it is still with a Moslouy dialect. For many years, no matter where I was living or what I was doing, the answer to “Where are you from?” was one of identity: “Ana Maslouy.” I am a Mosulian. And I am, all the way down, in spite of my thoroughly Americanized personality—such is the deep and dual identity of immigrants.Born to a Chaldean Catholic mother and a Syriac Orthodox...
  • Fall of Ramadi ......major setback for Baghdad, Washington.

    05/19/2015 3:01:33 PM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | First Published: 2015-05-19
    First Published: 2015-05-19 Fresh doubts about US-led war strategy on IS group Fall of Ramadi deals a blow to US-led war against jihadists, is major setback for Baghdad, Washington Iraq's military strength questioned WASHINGTON - The Islamic State group's seizure of Ramadi represents a painful blow to the US-led war against the jihadists, raising fresh doubts about Washington's war strategy and the military strength of its partners in Iraq. The defeat of Iraqi security forces in the capital of Anbar province came despite more than 160 air strikes by US and coalition warplanes over the past month, and after an...
  • Al Nusrah Front and allies claim victory at Al Mastoumah, Idlib

    05/19/2015 4:11:30 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 19 May 2015 | Caleb Weiss
    The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, and its allies in the Jaysh al Fateh coalition are claiming to have completely overrun the Assad regime’s forces at the Al Mastoumah military camp in Idlib. The camp was one of the last remaining regime strongholds in the northwestern province. The jihadists have been promoting the victory on Twitter and other social media. On Al Nusrah’s official Twitter feed for its Idlib operations, the jihadist group said that it and its Jaysh al Fateh allies have fully “liberated” the camp. In other tweets, it said that the regime forces...
  • Iraqis abandoned US-supplied equipment in Ramadi

    05/19/2015 1:53:29 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 35 replies
    AP, via Stars & Stripes ^ | May 19, 2015 | ROBERT BURNS
    Iraqi troops abandoned dozens of U.S military vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery pieces when they fled Islamic State fighters in Ramadi on Sunday, the Pentagon said Tuesday. A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, estimated that a half dozen tanks were abandoned, a similar number of artillery pieces, a larger number of armored personnel carriers and about 100 wheeled vehicles like Humvees. He said some of the vehicles were in working condition; others were not because they had not been moved for months. This repeats a pattern in which defeated Iraq security forces have, over the past year,...
  • Why the Iraqi army keeps failing

    05/19/2015 1:44:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/19/2015 | By Ishaan Tharoor
    Shiite militias have surged into Iraq's Anbar province, a largely Sunni region, in a government-sanctioned bid to recapture the provincial capital Ramadi, which was seized in its entirety by the jihadists of the Islamic State at the end of last week. Thousands have fled the city, which is about 80 miles west of Baghdad. Ramadi's fall poses a problem for U.S. officials, who have sought to paint a picture of a weakening Islamic State. One Pentagon spokesman told reporters that the city's capture was part of "complex, bloody fight" in which "there are going to be ebbs and flows." The...
  • Fewer Publicity Stunts, More Results Needed Against Islamic State

    05/19/2015 11:45:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2015 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Pentagon officials are touting the success of a Delta Force special operations commando raid in Syria last weekend that resulted in the dispatch of about a dozen Islamic State riffraff. Not to take anything away from Delta Force, which is comprised of America's most elite warriors, but this kind of straightforward, direct-action job sounds like a waste of their immense talents and skills, and nothing that a few Rangers or Marines couldn't handle. It smacks of little more than a publicity stunt. And if, as speculated, the target was a big fish who wasn't there when the raid...
  • The fall of Ramadi was avoidable

    05/19/2015 9:43:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/19/2015 | By Kimberly Kagan and Frederick W. Kagan
    The seizure of Ramadi on Sunday leaves President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State in ruins not only in Iraq but also throughout the Muslim world. It means that the Iraqi security forces will almost certainly not be able to recapture Mosul this year and, therefore, that the Islamic State will retain its largest city in Iraq. Worse, it gives the group momentum again in Iraq even as it gains ground in Syria and expands in the Sinai, Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere. This defeat was avoidable. Neither the Islamic State nor any other al-Qaeda offshoot has ever taken a major...
  • Hillary Has Iraq Woes Like No Other

    05/18/2015 6:14:08 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2015 | Chris Stirwait
    Of all of the questions Hillary Clinton will evade on the campaign trail this week, none are more important than those she will not answer on Iraq. Clinton holds the unique distinction in the 2016 field of having supported the unpopular Iraq policies of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She supported Bush’s invasion and Obama’s withdrawal, and in both cases was tracking with public opinion when she started. After Bush’s war got unpopular, Clinton recanted. And one supposes that as Obama’s policy for that woe-begotten nation and its region continues to displease voters, Clinton will be tempted to...
  • The Softer Side of Ears

    05/19/2015 8:27:53 AM PDT · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-19-2015 | MOTUS
    Hell-ooo Camden! I’m listening! (h/t Frazier Crane)Having successfully demilitarized the military in order to hand over the surplus equipment to local police forces in order to help them keep the peace in our cities… Unfortunately this well-intended action resulted in accusations of police aggression against young black men Big Guy’s well integrated administration has now decided  that they need to demilitarize the police as well by introducing “softer” uniforms: A large part of rebuilding that trust between police and the community comes through “demilitarizing” law enforcement agencies. The task force, for example, suggests that police departments: …minimize confrontation by using...
  • Were We Right to Take Out Saddam?

    05/19/2015 7:41:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/19/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Probable Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush got himself into trouble by sort of, sort of not, answering the question whether he would have supported going into Iraq in 2003 — had he known then what we know now.</p> <p>Republican candidates vied in attacking Bush’s initial confusion about answering the question. Most reiterated that they most certainly would not have invaded Iraq, regardless of what they know now or thought they knew then. Politically, it appears to be wiser to damn the decision to invade Iraq and to forget the circumstances that prompted the war — and the later political environment that ended the American presence.</p>
  • Shi'ite forces move in on Iraqi city taken by Islamic State

    05/18/2015 4:41:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    The decision by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is a Shi'ite, to send in the militias to try to retake the predominantly Sunni city could add to sectarian hostility in one of the most violent parts of Iraq. Washington, which is leading a campaign of air strikes to roll back Islamic State advances and struggling to rebuild Baghdad's shattered army, played down the significance of the loss of Ramadi, the capital of the vast western Anbar province. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it was a "target of opportunity," that could be retaken in a matter of days, and...
  • Ramadi Falls, More U.S. Weapons Seized: See the Gains ISIS Made in Just Two Days

    05/18/2015 4:02:14 PM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/17/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Via Islamic World News, this was Ramadi on Friday. The red represents Iraqi forces, the dark gray ISIS, and the magenta areas, including bridges, were contested. On Thursday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey was asked about Ramadi’s imminent fall. “The city itself is — it’s not symbolic in any way. It’s not been declared, you know, part of the caliphate, on the one hand, or central to the future of Iraq. But we want to get it back. I mean, the issue here is not — is not brick and mortar. It’s about defeating ISIL....
  • Reject the Premise That Bush Lied About Iraq.

    05/18/2015 5:40:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: It's Josh in Williamsburg, Virginia. Great to have you, sir. Hello. Appreciate your patience. CALLER: Hey, Rush. Thanks for taking my call. So I want to do two things. The first is to say that Jeb Bush's answer to Megyn Kelly's initial question was not necessarily wrong. He could validly have that answer to her question. The second is to -- RUSH: Wait a minute, Josh. What -- CALLER: Yeah. RUSH: Just refresh people's -- what did he say? What was his answer to that first question? He would do it all over again, right? CALLER: Yeah. So the...
  • ISIS Holds Massive Military Parade in West Anbar Celebrating Victory in Ramadi

    05/18/2015 7:27:13 PM PDT · by BBell · 61 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | Monday, May 18, 2015, 7:57 PM | Jim Hoft
    ISIS held a massive parade in West Anbar province celebrating victory in Ramadi.
  • Experts: U.S. claims Ramadi a mere setback are ‘delusional

    05/18/2015 6:27:56 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    McClatchey DC ^ | 5-18-2015 | Jonathan S. Landay and Hannah Allam
    The Obama administration Monday called the fall of the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province to the Islamic State a temporary setback that Iraqi forces would reverse with U.S. support. Experts dismissed that assessment as ludicrous. “Delusional, really, is the better word,” Ali Khedery, a former U.S. official who served as an adviser to five U.S. ambassadors to Iraq and three heads of U.S. Central Command, said of the administration’s statement. “It’s unbelievable, frankly. I now know what it’s like to have lived through Vietnam, I guess.” Experts called the loss a stunning blow to the Iraqi government and U.S. strategy....
  • Can Iraq be saved?

    05/18/2015 5:34:40 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 18 May 2015 | Sarah B. Boxer
    After capturing the capital city of a major Iraqi region, ISIS is claiming one of its biggest victories. According to local officials, Islamic State militants likely killed as many as 500 people in the city of Ramadi, and forced 8,000 to flee their homes. Ramadi, a city of 192,000 people, is the capital of Anbar Province, a large desert region that the Iraqi government announced just last month it was hoping to save in a major military offensive. “It’s a pretty significant setback,” Steve Bucci of the Heritage Foundation told Yahoo’s Bianna Golodryga on Monday. Bucci says American aid to...
  • Charlie Rose becomes Hillary’s campaign spokesman and Chris Wallace screws up

    05/18/2015 4:34:17 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-18-15 | DrJohn
     CBS This Morning was on the screen (I almost said "tube") this morning and I watched an exchange between Charlie Rose and John Dickerson.  Rose introduced the topic as Marco Rubio being the latest GOP candidate  to "run into trouble" this morning over his comments about the Iraq war. There clearly is a herd mentality out there among the media to play the gotcha game regarding Iraq. Rose played a video clip between Chris Wallace and Marco Rubio in which Wallace asks Rubio "Was the Iraq war a mistake?" Rubio answered properly that it wasn't a mistake at the time. Wallace...
  • Gov. Sarah Palin: "Jihad Is On The March"

    05/18/2015 4:13:23 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 46 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | May 18th, 2015 | iizthatiiz
    Gov. Sarah Palin: "Jihad Is On The March"It's unfortunate and potentially frightening knowing that everywhere you look today jihad is on the march – even on American soil. Warnings for potential terrorist attacks on our homeland are now stepped up, and with the arrest of dozens of Americans on terrorism related charges, the message is clear that no place seems safe from jihad. Our military personnel and law enforcement agencies have to be right every time, but the terrorists only have to get “lucky” once to do horrible damage to our country. The threat of radical Islam is real, and...
  • Obama’s ISIS strategy takes hit

    05/18/2015 3:54:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 18, 2015 | By Jordan Fabian and Kristina Wong
    President Obama’s strategy in fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) is facing fresh scrutiny after the militant group toppled government forces in the major Iraqi city of Ramadi. The city’s fall represented the biggest military gain for ISIS this year. The White House on Monday acknowledged the seizure represents a “setback” but signaled it is unlikely to alter its approach to fighting ISIS. But there are signs the public has become increasingly worried about ISIS’s gains in Iraq and Syria. Even members of Obama’s own party say the loss of Ramadi should be cause for alarm. “The loss of Ramadi is...
  • Total collapse: “Elite” Iraqi units routed in Ramadi counteroffensive

    05/18/2015 3:39:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    <p>Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. When ISIS began its attack on Ramadi last week, the Iraqi government threw in its elite units, hoping to stem the tide of the radical Sunni advance and the overall targeting of Baghdad proper. Instead of pushing ISIS back, what transpired was a repeat of the flight from Mosul and other former Iraqi strongholds — a disorganized rout.</p>
  • The Lie that George W. Bush/U.S. Created ISIS

    05/18/2015 1:28:53 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 28 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-18-15 | Wordsmith
    Who created ISIS? Was it Jeb Bush's brother? (Shout out to Rob Lowe- Thank you!). Can it be traced back to CIA overthrow in 1953 of Mossadeq? Jimmy Carter's lack of leadership support for the Shah in 1979? Is it due to our support of the Saudi royals and other secular Muslim dictators? Or our abandonment of them in wake of the Arab Spring? Did it all start with Reagan and the CIA (war in Afghanistan and CIA support for the Mujahadeen against the Soviets)? Was OBL a CIA creation? Did the U.S. create Saddam? After all, there's that famous...
  • Tide of Syria civil war turns against Assad as rebels make sweeping gains

    05/17/2015 8:40:49 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 16 May 2015 | Ruth Sherlock, and Magdy Samaan
    The posters of President Bashar al-Assad once hung proud in Syria’s capital. Supporters of the regime would confidently predict the defeat of the “terrorists” - the accepted term for the rebel opposition. In the last few weeks, however, the the insurgents have turned the tide of the civil war by winning a string of battlefield victories against Mr Assad’s forces. In the north, a newly unified rebel coalition called the “Army of Conquest” managed to capture Idlib, a provincial capital, and much of the surrounding territory.
  • ISIS now controls a supply route from Syria's largest city to Iraq's capital

    05/18/2015 9:14:16 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 78 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5/18 | Jeremy Bender
    Despite what the Pentagon may say, the "degrade and defeat" strategy against the Islamic State terror group isn't going well. Instead, the militants gained control of the provincial capital of Ramadi after months of contesting it with Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni tribes. And that means the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) now has a superhighway or sorts across Syria and Iraq. Ramadi is the capital of Anbar, Iraq's largest region. The province is predominantly Sunni and abuts onto Baghdad, which is only a little more than fifty miles away. Now that Ramadi has fallen, ISIS will have...
  • As a supporter of the Iraq War, if you knew then what you know now….

    05/18/2015 11:06:25 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 42 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-18-15 | Wordsmith
    Paul Krugman: Thanks to Jeb Bush, we may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had a decade ago. But many influential people — not just Mr. Bush — would prefer that we not have that discussion. There’s a palpable sense right now of the political and media elite trying to draw a line under the subject. Yes, the narrative goes, we now know that invading Iraq was a terrible mistake, and it’s about time that everyone admits it. Now let’s move on. Well, let’s not — because that’s a false narrative, and everyone who...
  • America and Iran to join forces in counter-attack on Ramadi

    05/18/2015 9:47:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 May 2015 | Richard Spencer
    America and Iran on Monday took another step towards direct military co-operation in Iraq as pro-government forces prepared a counter-attack to retake the key western city of Ramadi. Iran’s defence minister, Hossein Dehghan, flew into Baghdad for talks with the government after the Iraqi army fled from a concerted attack by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Ramadi, the capital of the majority-Sunni Anbar province.
  • The Hidden Hand Behind the Islamic State

    05/18/2015 7:40:50 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 150 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 4, 2015 | Liz Sly
    SANLIURFA, Turkey — When Abu Hamza, a former Syrian rebel, agreed to join the Islamic State, he did so assuming he would become a part of the group’s promised Islamist utopia, which has lured foreign jihadists from around the globe. Instead, he found himself being supervised by an Iraqi emir and receiving orders from shadowy Iraqis... All of the men, however, were former Iraqi officers who had served under Saddam Hussein... His account, and those of others who have lived with or fought against the Islamic State over the past two years, underscore the pervasive role played by members of...
  • ISIS seizes control of key Iraqi city Ramadi as government forces pull back

    05/18/2015 4:21:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/17/15
    he key Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to ISIS on Sunday after government security forces pulled out of a military base on the west side of the city, the mayor and a high-ranking security official said. The ISIS advances came after militants detonated a series of morning car bomb blasts, Mayor Dalaf al-Kubaisy and a high-ranking Iraqi security official said. The explosions forced Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters to retreat to the city's east, they said. But Iraqi and U.S. officials said Sunday that the fight for Ramadi is far from over. Clashes have raged in the beleaguered capital...
  • Key Iraqi City Falls To ISIS As Last of Security Forces Flee [Obama's Legacy of Betrayal in Blood]

    05/17/2015 5:51:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    NYTimes ^ | May 17, 2015 | TIM ARANGO
    Key Iraqi City Falls to ISIS as Last of Security Forces Flee By TIM ARANGO MAY 17, 2015 Iraqi security forces withdrawing from Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, on Sunday. As the city fell to the Islamic State, militants from the group carried out executions of people loyal to the government. BAGHDAD — The last Iraqi security forces fled the provincial capital of Ramadi on Sunday, as the city fell completely to the militants of the Islamic State, who ransacked the provincial military headquarters, seizing a large store of weapons, and killed people loyal to the government, according to...
  • Islamic State claims full control of Iraq's Ramadi

    05/17/2015 4:28:39 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 57 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 17 May 2015
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants claimed full control of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday in the biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since last summer. Related Stories Islamic state militants say in full control of Iraq's Ramadi: statement Reuters Islamic State raises flag over local government HQ in Iraq's Ramadi Reuters U.S. hits Islamic State in Syria as jihadists press attacks Reuters U.S., allies conduct 18 air strikes in Iraq, eight in Syria Reuters U.S.-led coalition launches 24 air strikes against Islamic State -task force Reuters In a statement, the group said it had seized tanks...
  • Iraqi forces retreat from Ramadi as Islamic State advances

    05/17/2015 12:20:11 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 52 replies
    BBC News ^ | 05/17/2015 | BBS News
    Most Iraqi troops have abandoned their positions in Ramadi as Islamic State militants have advanced further into the city, officials have told the BBC. They said IS militants had taken control of a compound that was used as the provincial military command centre.
  • China Retakes Top Spot as the Biggest Foreign Owner of U.S. Debt

    05/16/2015 7:45:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | May 16, 2015 | IAN TALLEY
    China Retakes Top Spot as the Biggest Foreign Owner of U.S. Debt By IAN TALLEY It was a short-lived domination. After just a month of being the top holder of U.S. Treasury debt, Japan has once again been pushed into the No.2 slot as China bulked up on Uncle Sam’s bonds and notes. As we noted last month – and several times before that – Treasury’s data is a rough guesstimate. That makes it hard for analysts sifting through the obscure sheaves of digital data to glean anything but rough trends. It also makes it difficult to draw precise conclusions....
  • FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF US DEBT RISES; CHINA RECLAIMS TOP SPOT

    05/16/2015 5:28:04 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 16 replies
    AP ^ | May 15, 4:26 PM EDT | BY CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign holdings of U.S. debt rose in March as China ramped up its purchases and displaced Japan as the leading owner of U.S. Treasury securities. The Treasury Department says overseas ownership of U.S. debt rose 2.1 percent in March to $6.18 trillion. That is below January's record of $6.22 trillion. China added $37.3 billion ... bringing its stockpile to $1.26 trillion... ahead of Japan, which added just $2.5 billion...to $1.23 trillion. ... The U.S. deficit topped $1 trillion from 2009 through 2012. Foreign governments...account for two-thirds of the foreign holdings...rose 1 percent from the previous month to...