San Bernardino latest

UPDATE: A picture is emerging that suggests that Farook was “radicalized,” perhaps in Pakistan (where authorities know he traveled in addition to his travel to Saudi Arabia), and had ties to people overseas who are known to US counter-terrorism officials. No idea who those people are, but if you’re picking between the Terrorism Big Two,… Continue reading San Bernardino latest

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

A couple more important points on last night’s speech

Today being what it is, I’m likely going to pack it in after this post and turn off all the noise for a while. But here are a couple of other things to keep in mind (apart from the reaction I had last night) as the Obama administration’s plan for taking on the Islamic State… Continue reading A couple more important points on last night’s speech

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

Bahrain and Qatar test America’s commitment to human rights; America fails test

In my latest piece at LobeLog, I look at the arrest (on what are almost certainly bogus charges) late last week of human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja in Bahrain, and what it says about a monarchy that keeps promising to stop mistreating its people but that, in reality, is only trying to get better at… Continue reading Bahrain and Qatar test America’s commitment to human rights; America fails test

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… 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