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Meanwhile in Syria

Featured image Who’s winning in Iowa? That’s the question of the moment. But it’s also pertinent to ask who’s winning in Syria. The answer is the very bad guys. Which very bad guys? It depends on the part of Syria in question. In the east, ISIS seems to be winning, happy talk from the administration notwithstanding. The Washington Post reports that ISIS is intensifying its siege against President Bashar al-Assad’s last stronghold »

U.S. foreign policy: from bad to worse in 2016?

Featured image 2015 was a bad foreign policy year for America. Our enemies in Tehran won a pathway to prosperity and additional regional influence without losing the ability to obtain nuclear weapons within 10 to 15 years, or sooner if they choose. Our enemy in Moscow enjoyed an enormous expansion of his influence in the Middle East and continues to menace U.S. allies in Europe. Our enemy in Damascus, propped up by »

Trump’s liberal, America-slandering meme

Featured image Donald Trump is a standard-issue liberal-leaning businessman who, having decided that his best chance for glory lies with the GOP, found a few hot button issues that appeal to conservatives. If you move beyond these issues and get him off-message, he reverts to the liberal notions and cliches that predominate among the rich and famous. His support of “affirmative action,” which led him to criticize Justice Scalia for asking about »

Under Obama, America is France’s jayvee

Featured image The Obama administration likes to boast about the thousands of sorties our Air Force has undertaken against ISIS in the past year-plus. But according to this report, if one takes into account the fact that only approximately 25 percent of our sorties result in the dropping of bombs, it turns out that we are striking ISIS from the air only around 11 times per day. This pales in comparison not »

There Is a Bear In the Woods…

Featured image Vladimir Putin thinks Barack Obama has mush for brains, but that’s not the worst of it. Michael Ramirez updates the bear in the woods theme. Click to enlarge: »

Russia and Iran running neck-and-neck in Obama-humiliating sweepstakes

Featured image Iran and Russia are competing to see which nation can humiliate President Obama more. Russia got off to a flying start with its intervention in Ukraine and its “assistance” to Obama in the non-enforcement of the president’s red line against the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria. Iran, its economy crippled by the U.S. led sanctions regime, was falling way behind. But the mullahs trumped Putin »

“Early signs of Russian intent”

Featured image That’s the front page headline of today’s Washington Post (paper edition). The story is about signs in August that Putin was mobilizing for a military offensive in Syria. Despite these signs, the Obama administration was “caught flat-footed” when the Russian offensive materialized two months later. In a larger sense, “Russian intent” has long been clear. Putin has said he consider the fall of Soviet power a geopolitical catastrophe. He wants »

AP Documents Four Attempts to Sell Nuclear Material to ISIS

Featured image An Associated Press investigation has documented at least four attempts by criminal gangs to sell nuclear materials to ISIS. All of these attempts occurred in Moldava, and likely are not the only ones to have taken place in recent years. The AP article is long and worth reading in its entirety. An excerpt: The previously unpublicized case is one of at least four attempts in five years in which criminal »

Inspector Clouseau could not be reached for comment

Featured image Reading the page-one story (accessible here via Google) by Adam Entous in today’s Wall Street Journal, I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. The Obama administration appears to be shocked, shocked that Vladimir Putin has not been entirely straightforward with them about Russian intentions in Syria. Entous reports: Russia has targeted Syrian rebel groups backed by the Central Intelligence Agency in a string of airstrikes running for days, leading »

Putin kicks Obama, who pretends not to feel a thing

Featured image President Obama responded to his latest humiliation at the hands of Vladimir Putin by stating that “Mr. Putin had to go into Syria not out of strength but out of weakness, because his client, Mr. Assad, was crumbling.” This statement — pulled from the same notebook as the president’s pathetic speech to the U.N. — is true, but it fails to paper over the failure of Obama’s approach to Syria »

Ralph Peters explains

Featured image Vladimir Putin is humiliating the United States of America and undermining our national security interests in the Middle East and elsewhere. Like everyone else on the world stage, Putin has Obama sized up perfectly, and he’s in a good position to do something about it. Putin doesn’t have a strong hand, but it’s strong enough to exploit the weakness that Obama projects. Obama’s spokesmen are left to perform public relations »

Russian hackers tried to access Clinton’s server

Featured image AP reports that Russia-linked hackers tried at least five times to pry into Hillary Clinton’s private email account while she was secretary of state. This is clear from newly released spam emails from Clinton’s server that were released today. The emails in question were disguised as speeding tickets from New York. They instructed recipients to print the attached tickets. Doing so would have allowed hackers to take over control of »

Syria may become a “no-fly zone” yet, for the U.S.

Featured image For years, many have advocated that the U.S. enforce a no-fly zone in Syria. Doing so would have prevented the slaughter of thousands of innocent civilians by Bashar al-Assad’s air force. Would a no-fly zone have led to Assad’s ouster? It’s not clear. Would Assad’s ouster have been, on balance, a positive development for America? That’s not clear either. The answers may depend on when, during this long and sickening »

Obama’s U.N. message — kick me, I won’t feel a thing

Featured image “History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. . .What if that nightmare gave you a back kick?” This passage from Ulysses captures the Obama presidency in the realm of foreign policy. History, the nightmare from which the president is trying to escape, has given him a “back kick” — in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, and Yemen for example — and he risks becoming a »

Iraq turns to Russia to fill void left by “unserious” Obama

Featured image The Washington Post reports that Iraq plans to set up a joint-intelligence-sharing hub with Syria, Iran, and Russia to fight ISIS. The center is expected to be operational within a matter of weeks, according to a spokesman for the Iraqi Defense Ministry. The Post’s Loveday Morris explains the meaning of this move: The deal is the latest indication of expanding Russian influence in the region as Moscow embarks on a »

Clearing my spindle, Syria edition

Featured image The withdrawal of the United States from Iraq and points elsewhere around the Middle East has created a vacuum that has been filled by forces hostile to the United States. Syria is representative. ISIS has moved into Syria from Iraq. Iran and Hezbollah have both moved into Syria to defend the Assad regime from ISIS. The Obama administration has taken a sort of Stalinist tack. Obama has concentrated on building »

Doomed to failure

Featured image As part of his observance of the 9/11 anniversary yesterday President Obama held “a live, worldwide televised Troop Talk Talk town hall at Fort Meade.” That’s how the White House described it in the preview posted here. If you remember Elvis’s Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite extravaganza of 1973, the preview might have seemed an allusion. By contrast with Elvis’s worldwide audience, however, we (and I believe many in Obama’s »