World update: January 27-28 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A Taliban attack in Kabul on Saturday killed at least 103 people at last count. The attackers packed a bomb into an ambulance and were able to get past at least one security checkpoint before detonating their device in a crowded area of the city. It’s the deadliest single attack in Kabul since… Continue reading World update: January 27-28 2018

World update: January 26 2018

Tonight’s update is going to be condensed again. News is lighter than usual, and anyway I’ve been having some trouble with WordPress that is making it difficult to blog. Your heart is breaking for me, I know. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Syrian opposition negotiators announced just this evening that they will not attend Russia’s upcoming Syrian… Continue reading World update: January 26 2018

Congress considers giving the Israelis weapons that they probably don’t even want

Benjamin Netanyahu’s consolation prize for losing his fight against the Iran deal is likely to be a major new outlay of military aid from the US to Israel. But the first bill out of the gate to propose new aid is Ben Cardin’s “Plan B” attempt to scuttle the Iran deal via the back door,… Continue reading Congress considers giving the Israelis weapons that they probably don’t even want

When someone’s paycheck depends on not understanding a problem…

…don’t be surprised when they don’t understand it: On Monday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) reiterated that he doesn’t think climate change is worth fighting, or that human beings are to blame. Ryan is running for re-election in his Wisconsin district against Democratic challenger Rob Zerman. According to a report by the Associated Press, the question… Continue reading When someone’s paycheck depends on not understanding a problem…

Maybe ISIS has trapped us, but are they also trapping themselves?

Dan Froomkin at The Intercept is asking whether America is just playing into ISIS’s hands by going to war with them: There are many reasons the U.S. shouldn’t go to war with the Islamic State — and the best one may be because that is exactly what they want us to do. A growing number… Continue reading Maybe ISIS has trapped us, but are they also trapping themselves?

Jim Inhofe will save us from Commie Russian Nukes with more Free American Nukes

I guess Senator Inhofe comes down on the “Putin is Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot times 1000” side of The Great Republican Putin Debate, not the “man I wish Putin was president of America” side. Well, I guess it’s possible that Inhofe would agree with the “Putin is the most evil man who ever lived… Continue reading Jim Inhofe will save us from Commie Russian Nukes with more Free American Nukes

There is absolutely no way this could go wrong

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) is proposing legislation that would authorize the president to engage the Islamic State militarily. Well, the Islamic State and pretty much anybody else, anywhere, at any time: Wolf on Wednesday told The Hill that when Congress returns from its vacation, he would introduce legislation that would override the 2001 AUMF and… Continue reading There is absolutely no way this could go wrong