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Nadia Murad, #Ezidi who escaped from ISIS slavery, tells the UN Security Council about the horrific atrocity of ISIS
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This is really a variation on Trump's Immigration dodge. Decapitation strikes just another dodge of the hard but far from impossible task of defeating ISIS.
Bill Roggio writes,
US continues to rely on tactic of decapitation vs counterinsurgency
The targeting and killing of Sandhere and Nabil highlights the US government’s abandonment of counterinsurgency to fight the spread of jihadist movements throughout the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. President Barack Obama ordered the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq at the end of 2011, and will reduce the number of US forces in Afghanistan to under 10,000 by the end of the year. US troops in Afghanistan are in train and assist as well as a counterterrorism posture, and are not dealing with the Taliban as an insurgent force.
Instead of fighting the jihadist groups on the ground, the US has primarily relied on airstrikes, and in many cases, unmanned aerial vehicles that are more commonly called drones, to target senior and mid-level leaders of the jihadist groups. This tactic has been used against al Qaeda, the Taliban and allied groups in Pakistan since 2007, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen since 2009, and Somalia since 2006.
While the airstrikes have killed some top leaders in the Islamic State, al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other organizations, they have not stopped the spread of jihadist groups across Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Nor have they denied these groups territory, which is crucial for the group to train fighters, maintain local insurgencies, and plot attacks against the West. Despite years of airstrikes against al Qaeda and its allies, and more recently the Islamic State, the groups still control territory in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia, and they are waging active insurgencies in Nigeria, Mali, Egypt, the Caucasus, and elsewhere.
Read Eliot Cohen's History Doesn't Take Sides.
Invoking History is a way of avoiding hard truths. It is a hollow phrase because it is supposed to soothe, not arouse, rally or inform. More importantly, it is simply not true. It presumes that the good guys win. Not always—just ask Rwandans, Cambodians, or surviving family members of Mao’s seventy million victims. Furthermore, the bad guys think the same thing, particularly Marxists, who shortly before their doctrines imploded were supremely confident that they knew in which direction History was marching. In 1956 Nikita Khrushchev famously said to Western ambassadors at a reception in Moscow, “Whether you like it or not, history is on our side.” What he said next, depending on which translation you prefer, was “We will bury you.” Less than 35 years later, the Soviet empire collapsed into ruin. It was a useful warning for lazy politicians: Believe too strongly that your country has a destiny guaranteed by History, and you may ensure that it doesn’t have much of a future. A public that hears the phrase has a right to be skeptical—and nervous.
Obama's convinced each side we favor the other and their war's dragging the world into it. GOP candidates got to get real on strategy on ending this war and confronting the strategic threat of a nuclear Iran.
Trump's offering a dumb solution that doesn't protect the US at home, doesn't defeat ISIS, doesn't confront Iran's growing nuclear threat, and doesn't deal with the collapse of the Middle East and Putin's meddling in it. It's a pure political response and the kind of emotional politics we get from Obama.
The GOP and America deserve better. We're in deep trouble if this is it.
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UPDATE 11/18/2015After facing an almost certain demolition for the past several months, the Arnold-Crowe House has been sold to owners who are planning to rehab and restore the long vacant house. The previous owner, Peter Creig Toalson, expressed a strong desire to put the home in good hands when his own restoration efforts ran into difficulty.
Lisa DiChiera, of Landmarks Illinois, and Matt Cole, of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, are assisting the new owners in identifying tools and resources to mend the historically notable structure. The house is on the 2015 Landmarks Illinois Most Endangered Places List.
We’ll continue to update this article with the latest developments.
The start of the Revolution. One we failed to support in favor of a let Syria burn policy. We did and not facing the consequences.
WaPo Editorial from 2011 on Obama's failures in Syria.
Arabic to English translation
Syrian statement of civil disobedience
Date: April 29, 2011 until 6 May 2011 subject to renewal.
Location: all over Syria.
Given the suffering of our people, the Syrian peaceful unarmed people at the hands of this regime and his gang criminal of premeditated murder and genocide and the siege of brutal for some regions and in the atmosphere of the media blackout, We, the Syrian people civil disobedience across the country even lifted the siege and Taathakiq all the demands of our people fair.
Terms of disobedience:
1 - to maintain a peaceful civil disobedience.
2 - excluding staff and workers and students over time and most important in civil disobedience.
3 - to refrain from the use of transportation and means of transport as much as possible.
4 - to refrain from shopping and only the luxuries of food necessary.
5 - to refrain from the use of cellular and regular phone, except in cases of extreme necessity.
6 - failure of traders and shopkeepers from opening their stores except food stores necessary.
7 - to refrain from paying all taxes and bills and outstanding loans from the state.
8 - to withdraw funds deposited in Syrian banks, both governmental and private.
9 - personal initiative, you are free to choose the form of disobedience, to each according to its location and potential.
10 - put black flags in the lanes and in the storefronts and entrances to buildings.
Note: does not include civil disobedience, bakeries, hospitals, pharmacies and Almtajralgmae.
Very civil disobedience:
The weakest of faith that we are not silent and satisfied with the ongoing assault, murder, torture and genocide to our people Are you satisfied ???
And twitch movement and aspects of life in all sectors to stop the massacres and lifting the siege on our people and achieving the just demands of the Syrian people in freedom and dignity.
Signatories: Syrian people free
To see the full cynicism of the Obama approach to the refugee issue, one has only to ask President Obama’s least favorite question: Why is there a Syrian refugee crisis in the first place?
Obama’s own policy decisions—allowing Assad to convert peaceful demonstrations into an increasingly ugly civil war, refusing to declare safe havens and no fly zones—were instrumental in creating the Syrian refugee crisis. This crisis is in large part the direct consequence of President Obama’s decision to stand aside and watch Syria burn. For him to try and use a derisory and symbolic program to allow 10,000 refugees into the United States in order to posture as more caring than those evil Jacksonian rednecks out in the benighted sticks is one of the most cynical, cold-blooded, and nastily divisive moves an American President has made in a long time.and then this,
Not even President Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq has been as destructive for Europe or as damaging to the Transatlantic alliance as President Obama’s hard-hearted and short-sighted Syria policy. The flood of refugees is shaking the European Union to its core, and Obama’s policy has cemented perceptions among many around the world that the United States is no longer the kind of useful ally that it once was. France didn’t even bother to invoke NATO’s Article 5 after the Paris attacks; nobody really thinks of President Obama as the man you want at your side when the chips are down.
The collapse of President Obama’s Syria policy is hardly a partisan issue. He has repeatedly overruled his own national security officials, top diplomats, and advisors, many of whom have been horrified by the President’s passivity in the face of onrushing disaster. His abrupt policy switch on airstrikes left many senior Democrats who had supported his apparent determination to enforce his “red line” against Assad twisting in the wind.
To think that conspicuous moral posturing and holy posing over a symbolic refugee quota could turn President Obama from the goat to the hero of the Syrian crisis is absurd. Wringing your hands while Syria turns into a hell on earth, and then taking a token number of refugees, can be called many things, but decent and wise are not among them. You don’t have to be a xenophobe or a racist or even a Republican to reject this President’s leadership on Syria policy. All you need for that is common sense and a moral compass.Let's hope Americans have their common sense and compasses handy. We're in for a tough time.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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Democrats will regret not testing her better with debates if this true.
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Every time I see Clinton I hear Samantha Power's words to The Scotsman from 2008.Her voice was soft and wavering as Clinton delivered what political pundits call a heartfelt moment. A theater critic might call it a quietly powerful performance.One after another, GOP committee members questioned Clinton about why her department rejected Stevens' repeated requests for additional security. She deflected the questions by claiming the requests were handled by State Department security experts. The pleas never got to her.One after another, GOP committee members questioned Clinton about her advocacy for the ill-fated intervention in Libya. She deflected the questions by saying President Obama made the final decision. Not her.One after another, GOP committee members questioned her about the stream of emails she received from political troublemaker Sidney Blumenthal, who passed along intelligence on Libya and his negative views about the Obama White House.They kept asking: Why could a former reporter lobby the secretary of State directly while there was no evidence that Stevens had her private email address?The ambassador and his urgent security concerns went through other channels, Clinton replied.
Earlier, clearly rattled by the Ohio defeat, Ms Power told The Scotsman Mrs Clinton was stopping at nothing to try to seize the lead from her candidate."We f***** up in Ohio," she admitted. "In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio's the only place they can win."She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything," Ms Power said, hastily trying to withdraw her remark.Read more: http://www.scotsman.com/news/hillary-clinton-s-a-monster-obama-aide-blurts-out-attack-in-scotsman-interview-1-1158300#ixzz3pPIWXG00Follow us: @TheScotsman on Twitter | TheScotsmanNewspaper on Facebook
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