The United States has been bombing ISIL positions in Iraq, but yesterday we took the fight to Syria. Arab allies joined in the bombing. ISIL began as a Sunnni rebel group trying to overthrow the Shi’ite dictator in Syria, Bashar al-Assad. American planes also attacked another terrorist organization there, the Khorasan Group, which was reportedly planning an attack on the United States and other Western countries. [Read more…]
Congress signed off on President Obama’s plan for an air war against the Islamic State, both in Iraq and in Syria. The war authorization was attached to a budget bill, and it passed both the House and the Senate on a bi-partisan vote with virtually no debate.
The last two times we entered a war in Iraq, Congress held extensive hearings and debates. But not this time. [Read more…]
Pope Francis says that all of conflicts throughout the world constitute a Third World War. Indeed, there was a time when two individual nations would fight it out over a dispute. Now, even regional conflicts quickly become globalized. So maybe the Pope is right, that World War III is upon us. [Read more…]
President Obama announced that the United States would launch a “relentless” air campaign, co-ordinated with allied forces on the ground (though not including American ground troops) to “destroy” the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL. [Read more…]
The one “dove” among the current presidential contenders has been the libertarian, tea-party favorite Republican Senator Rand Paul. A few weeks ago, he published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that criticized both the Democrats and his fellow Republicans for their “interventionist” foreign policies. He said that those who wanted to intervene against the Assad regime in Syria would have been helping ISIS, which was originally one of the rebel factions that they wanted to help. He says that President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the “hawkish members of my own party” lack both foresight and hindsight. And yet, Senator Paul is now saying that America must respond to the atrocities of ISIS by using force against them. After the jump, read from both his op-ed piece on Syria and his latest pronouncements against ISIS.
You Randians, libertarians, and non-interventionists, does this change your view of him? Or do you agree?
We might agree that Russia’s incursion into the Ukraine, while regrettable, doesn’t concern us. But if Vladimir Putin did the same thing to Estonia, another bordering country with a large and complaining Russian minority, we would be at war. That’s because Estonia and the other Baltic Republics are members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The members of that organization, founded to deter the Soviet Union, have a pact that an attack on one member nation is an attack on them all, and that they will all go to war against the attacker. Tomorrow a NATO summit begins, and it’s being hailed as the most important since the end of the Cold War.