Vox informs us that "American strategy in Syria is collapsing," and while they're right, I think they're overselling things by describing what we're doing in Syria as a "strategy." The Obama administration hasn't had a coherent strategy on Syria from the beginning of the civil war there, and really didn't have a coherent strategy for … Continue reading How can your strategy collapse when you don’t have a strategy to begin with?
I honestly can't remember an election that has interested me less or struck me as less consequential than this one we're concluding (well, sadly, probably not totally concluding) today. I've got a couple of weeks of TV shows to watch on my DVR, so I won't have to tune into Election Day media coverage, but … Continue reading A midterm Election Day bit of sanity
Shouldn't a high school world history course be allowed to actually cover, I don't know, world history, without parents threatening the school about it? Kevin Wood was issued a no-trespass order last week after a telephone call with La Plata High Vice Principal Shannon Morris on Thursday. Wood called to air complaints regarding his daughter’s … Continue reading Let’s just pretend it never happened
Maybe Chickenshitgate (must credit "and that's the way it was") has left the Obama folks a little gun shy: The United States has described as "unfortunate" plans by the Israeli government to build 500 new illegal settler homes in East Jerusalem. The US response came after a panel of the Israeli Interior Ministry gave approval … Continue reading Um, that’s one word for it
Do you think the things that come out of Rick Santorum's mouth are this poorly conceived in his head, or is he just inarticulate? In an interview with the Christian Post, Santorum said that religious freedom in America is "under direct assault." "The government wants to tell you how to live your life," he said. … Continue reading Rick Santorum: America isn’t like Nazi Germany, but what if it WERE?
Sundown last night marked the beginning of the Islamic holiday of Ashura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram (ashr is "ten" in Arabic), when the Shiʿa Imam Husayn, son of Ali, was killed at the Battle of Karbala in 680 (it's also a holiday, albeit a less important one, for Sunnis, and anyway … Continue reading Holidays and anniversaries
My Alhurra appearance (I'll toss up the YouTube whenever it's online) went pretty well, I think, in no small part because I just felt a whole lot more comfortable (i.e., much less nervous) going in. About half of the show was focused on ISIS and the campaign in Syria, particularly the continuing lack of a … Continue reading Premature détente