In an interview with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is considering a presidential run as a foreign policy war hawk, George Will sums up what went wrong with Hillary Clinton’s diplomacy in Libya and gives us a useful term: “progressive imperialism.” [Read more…]
Gen. Robert H. Scales (ret.), former commandant of the U.S. Army War College, explains the strategic situation in Iraq and what the administration hopes to accomplish with the nine 150-person training units of American troops that have been sent there. [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…]
President Obama is considering asking Congress to authorize military action against the Islamic State/ISIS.
We felt good that we killed Osama bin Laden and seemed to have defeated al-Qaeda. But they were nothing compared to the resurgent jihadist army of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS, most recently calling themselves ISIL, for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”). They are armed to the teeth with American weapons and other equipment that had been abandoned in Iraq. And they have vast wealth from looting banks and taking over oil fields. And their ambitions are to strike the United States and other Western countries. That’s not much of a progress report in our War on Terrorism. [Read more…]
If you are worried that the U.S. is reigniting the war in Iraq, don’t be. Despite the atrocities being committed by ISIS/The Islamic State, our airstrikes are designed simply to protect Americans in threatened cities and to protect those Yazidis besieged on that mountain (that siege is reportedly over, as the Yazidis have now escaped). But, according to two Washington Post analysts, there is no effort to stop ISIS as such or to win back the large amount of territory they have taken over. [Read more…]