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ISIS proclaims Caliphate; H. Beam Piper nods

Posted by: Phineas on June 29, 2014 at 4:27 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Bringing the medieval into the modern world, the psychotic jihadis of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have declared their leader “Caliph,” the ruler of all Muslims: An offshoot of Al-Qaida which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic “Caliphate” and called on factions […]

 

Does the White House know anything about *anything*?

Posted by: ST on June 21, 2014 at 10:56 am » 8 Comments

Great piece from Fox News detailing at least ’9 times the Obama administration was blindsided’ – or allegedly blindsided, anyway. Here’s a sneak peek: 1. Islamist militants gaining in Iraq The New Yorker (1/27/2014): “In the 2012 campaign, Obama spoke not only of killing Osama bin Laden; he also said that Al Qaeda had been ‘decimated.’ I pointed […]

 

Romney on Iraq: “Our foreign policy is run by bumbling incompetents”

Posted by: Phineas on June 16, 2014 at 6:31 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Okay, okay. Mitt didn’t really say that; I was just interpreting what I take to be the subtext of this interview with NBC’s David Gregory: Via National Review, here’s the key passage: “This administration, from Secretary Clinton to President Obama, has repeatedly underestimated the threats faced by America, has repeatedly underestimated our […]

 

Suicide-bombing instructor blows up his own class

Posted by: Phineas on February 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm » 9 Comments

**Posted by Phineas As you can imagine, I’m shedding rivers of tears over this news. Tears of laughter: A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army […]

 

Iraq and Syria: al Qaeda on the march

Posted by: Phineas on January 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas Boy, it’s a good thing President Obama destroyed al Qaeda, isn’t it? Otherwise they’d have conquered the world, by now. As it is, we can be grateful they only control more territory than they ever have: From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in central Iraq, al Qaeda […]

 

Smart-Power Success! Al Qaeda takes Fallujah!

Posted by: Phineas on January 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Not “al Qaeda central,” as the Obama administration likes to call it, but the revived affiliate “al Qaeda in Iraq” (Zarqawi’s old outfit), which is more or less merged with its Syrian equivalent in one big happy family of murdering jihadi psychos. And, taking advantage of internal Iraqi political frictions, they’re making […]

 

#Syria (Video) Why we went to war in Iraq

Posted by: Phineas on September 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas While the world waits to see if Obama will get his war …no…  warning shot across the bow …er… targeted, limited attack …umm… Wait! I got it!… “unbelievably small, limited kind of effort,” or if Vladimir Putin (!!) will save him from being mocked, comparisons inevitably come up to our invasion and […]

 

WaPo fact-checker: Kerry needs to stop lying about his “opposition” to the Iraq war

Posted by: ST on September 10, 2013 at 11:27 am » 3 Comments

You know what they say, you know the lie is bad (certainly not “unbelievably small“;) when the reliably liberal Washington Post gives you four – count ‘em – four Pinocchios for fibbing about your position on possible war with Iraq.  Glenn Kessler writes: You know, Senator Chuck Hagel, when he was senator, Senator Chuck Hagel, now secretary of […]

 

Leading from behind will lose us Iraq

Posted by: Phineas on April 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas This is potentially very bad: After a week of violence in Iraq in which more than 170 Iraqis, including tribesmen, soldiers, and policemen have been killed in clashes during Sunni protests in Salahuddin province, the Awakening is preparing to take up arms against the Iraqi government. On April 24, Sheikh Ahmed Abu […]

 

How the Obama administration bungled Iraq

Posted by: Phineas on November 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm » 9 Comments

**Posted by Phineas That’s really the only way to describe it. According to Foreign Policy, as reported by Threat Matrix, The Iraqis wanted a renewed Status of Forces Agreement that would have allowed for 10,000-20,000 US troops to remain in Iraq as a stabilizing force. Of course they did; over the course of our intervention […]