Benghazi Attacks May Have Been Pre-Planned

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 2:23 pm

To pull back from focusing on the Romney campaign, relative to the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, we’re starting to learn more about the attacks themselves, and their significance inside Libya. More evidence has arisen suggesting these had nothing to do with a poorly produced movie insulting Islam. If anything, the movie [...]

Syrian Regime Floats Resignation of Assad as Possibility

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 8:55 am

I heard LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the chair of the Democratic National Convention, speak last night in Burbank, and among a fairly mainstream liberal speech that focused heavily on the DREAM Act and the Administration’s granting deferred action status for DREAM-eligible undocumenteds, he accused the Romney-Ryan campaign of “saber-rattling on Syria.” This came one day [...]

Iraq Violence Claims Nearly 100 Lives as Insurgency Pulls Off Multiple Attacks

By: Monday July 23, 2012 10:54 am

As Americans mourn the tragic shooting that left 12 dead in Colorado, consider that nearly ten times as many Iraqis died, in a country 1/10th the size, in a wave of attacks from presumably Sunni insurgents today. In a coordinated display intended to show they remain a viable force, Iraqi insurgents launched at least 37 [...]

Syria Cease-Fire Occurring Without the Cease-Fire Part

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 1:37 pm

It is not going to be fun watching Kofi Annan get increasingly exasperated over the next week. Annan, the former UN Secretary-General, delivered a cease-fire agreement in the Syrian uprising, to which the Assad regime signed off. However, ever since the signing, the violence has continued, including today, with renewed assaults by military forces on [...]

Slap on Wrist in Haditha Massacre Resonates in Iraq

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 2:01 pm

The sad chapter of the Haditha massacre may have been put to bed in a legal sense when Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich received an incomparably light sentence, walking away with no jail time, for ordering the troops under his command to “shoot first, ask questions later” in an incident that killed 24 innocent Iraqis. [...]

Syrian Security Forces Kill Protesters Before Arab League Monitors Enter

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 10:15 am

Earlier in the week, Syria agreed to allow Arab League monitors into the country to observe the pullback of security forces from residential areas throughout the country. But they aren’t due to enter the country for a few days. In the meantime, Syrian security forces are wiping out the opposition: Syrian rights activists and opposition [...]

Maliki Accused of “Acting Like Saddam” in Iraq

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 12:55 pm

Sunni lawmakers criticized Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for seeking the arrest of one of the country’s Vice Presidents on terrorism charges. And that VP, Tareq al-Hashemi, escalated the dispute by asking the Arab League to intervene: In dismissing the charges against him as fabricated and part of machinations by premier Nuri al-Maliki, Vice President [...]

Iraqi Politics in Chaos After US Withdrawal

By: Monday December 19, 2011 8:15 am

The war ended in Iraq last night, and within moments, it seems, chaos has reigned in the Iraqi Parliament. But while this is almost sure to be used as evidence that the military should never have left Iraq, the events here would have played out at some point, in absence of perpetual occupation. Via Juan [...]

On ABC, Assad Absolves Himself of Blame for Murder, Repression of Protesters

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 10:54 am

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player What is it with guilty people (allegedly) going on television to deny their guilt in haphazard fashion? First we had Jerry Sandusky (allegedly) and now Bashar al-Assad, in an exclusive interview with Barbara Walters (?), denying responsibility for the murder of over 4,000 protesters in the Arab uprising in Syria. [...]

Syria Teeters Closer to Civil War

By: Friday October 28, 2011 12:21 pm

The John McCains of the world have moved right past Libya and sought NATO intervention in Syria, another country featuring a brutal crackdown of a protest movement. By some estimates, 3,000 protesters have been murdered by the security forces, with thousands more detained and tortured. The Assad regime claims that 1,000 security officers have been [...]

Fallout Continues from Leak of Post-2011 US Military Presence in Iraq

By: Wednesday September 7, 2011 8:55 am

The news that the President has settled on 3,000 trainers to stay in Iraq past the assigned 2011 withdrawal date, first reported by Fox News, was subsequently confirmed by other outlets. And unlike Fox News, these stories are being reported more accurately. The Obama administration is considering leaving about 3,000 American troops in Iraq after [...]

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