Mission creep, an illusion in three parts

Prologue: The Problem President Obama and European leaders called Thursday for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign, after months of his violent crackdown on protesters. The rhetorical escalation was backed by new U.S. sanctions designed to undermine Assad’s ability to finance his military operation. “The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but … Continue reading Mission creep, an illusion in three parts

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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

Statler and Waldorf convinced Obama doing the wrong thing again, somehow

I have to give Peter Beinart some credit here, because his dissection of Sunday's New York Times foreign policy op-ed by John McCain and Lindsey Graham is pretty much right on the money:I have my concerns about President Obama’s foreign policy. But nothing eases them like listening to his Republican critics. There’s an onion-like quality … Continue reading Statler and Waldorf convinced Obama doing the wrong thing again, somehow

Why destabilizing strikes on terror networks can backfire

Before the tragic news about Steven Sotloff broke, the big terror-related story of the day was about a US airstrike in Somalia that targeted, and may very well have killed, Moktar Ali Zubeyr, also known as Ahmad Abdi Godane or just "Godane," the leader of the Al-Shabaab terror network. Given the nature of the operation … Continue reading Why destabilizing strikes on terror networks can backfire

Another American journalist murdered by the Islamic State

This story is still technically unconfirmed, but it seems very likely that the Islamic State has murdered American journalist Steven Sotloff. They had threatened Sotloff's life in the same video in which they murdered James Foley on August 19 and, it should be noted, may very well have murdered Sotloff at the same time as … Continue reading Another American journalist murdered by the Islamic State

Israel, Hamas agree to do this all again sometime

Well, this was worth busting in on vacation to mention: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to an Egypt-brokered, open-ended ceasefire agreement. The terms reportedly include the easing of the blockade on Gaza, reduction of the buffer zone that Israel imposed inside Gaza's borders, an extension of Gaza's permitted fishing zone in the Mediterranean from … Continue reading Israel, Hamas agree to do this all again sometime