This will be 15th consecutive Christmas thousands of our troops spend in harm's way, on the cruel battlefields of the Middle East, instead of at ho...
There is an underground war, between those who continue to deem Iraq's culture synonymous to extremism and those, many of whom are Iraqi, who seek to cherish the culture that lies beyond internal violence. Thanks to the recent 2015 Miss Iraq Beauty Pageant, it looks like Iraq has just had scored a victory in this war.
The big news today was that Senator Lindsey Graham has decided to drop out of the presidential nomination race. But recently, what has surprised me even more, is one Hillary Clinton quote in particular about the Middle East that hasn't gotten any media attention at all.
A Demand For Action's Christmas campaign has finally taken off, and it warms my heart. We're handing out Christmas presents in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. We want children to smile; children who've been forced to flee with their parents because of their religion and ethnicity. Children who have witnessed the most evil of acts.
Republicans are trying to whip people into a frenzy, then convince them that only by taking extreme steps can their government keep them "safe." And, of course, only Republicans have the you-know-whats to take those extreme steps because "political correctness," blah, blah, blah.
Liberals from other nations will continue to lobby Washington to advance their home countries' interests. No surprise there. But they shouldn't complain if American liberals choose priceless domestic peace and prosperity over costly international charity and conflict.
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For more than a year, U.S. drones flying out of Djibouti waged a secret war against the Islamic State. For more than a year, it went unreported on the nightly news, in the country's flagship newspapers, or evidently anywhere else.
Policy implementation in the Middle East, especially in fighting the burgeoning threat of ISIS, depends on the trust of the citizens of these nations. Iraq and Libya may have taught our policy makers to be more cautious, but regime change in Syria continues to be our policy.
Following the debate was like listening to presidential candidates who consider that the most important issue facing the United States of America is to "beat ISIS." They did not even realize that, by doing so, they were giving ISIS the golden keys to the kingdom: the ability to define our policies.
The Long War Doctrine -- advanced by Pentagon planners and neoconservatives almost 10 years ago -- projects up to 80 years of US military intervention to "win" the battle with radical jihadists. The implications are almost unthinkable to most Americans, or at least they have been until now.
Whether or not one agrees with the assessment, media coverage and the statements of world leaders have ensured that terrorism is currently the most important global issue in the popular imagination.
Sometimes it's the sanest thing to be scared, to perceive danger or the threat thereof. But so that fear doesn't feed on itself, we need to feel there are ways to feel safer, and I would suggest that include sober paths to solutions. The people who make it all simple and do the cowboy routines with their talk or manners, are trying to simplify things for us--to oversimplify.
The sale of oil products by ISIS garners about $500 million/year. Allegations abound that Turks are engaged in oil trade with ISIS. Additionally, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family are allegedly implicated.
President Barack Obama won election in 2008 promising an end to "dumb wars," and since then, he's vowed to avoid major troop commitments. Yet, even after all the fallout from recent interventions -- including, more recently, the spread of ISIS terrorism to Europe -- foreign policy hawks keep pushing Obama to send ground troops to Syria.
When posed with the possibility of war, in theory, Americans like the idea of invading other countries. In practice -- when lives are actually lost -- they like invading other countries much less. When an invasion seems like it might be costly, Americans often prefer more limited airstrikes or no military involvement at all.