Category Archives: War on Terror

Turkey, Kurds, and Isis

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Turkey seems content to allow ISIS to wipe out the Kurds on its border in the Syrian town of Kobani. The Kurds have threatened to renew guerrilla war against the Turks if they don’t give a little help.

Meanwhile tribal forces in Iraq’s Anbar province say they can’t resist Isis without American ground troops.

David Ignatius, in the Washington Post, says that limited conflicts have a way of ratcheting upwards. He adds, “since the days of the Romans limited warfare has rarely been successful”.

Dumb Wars

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Barack Obama called George Bush’s war in Iraq a dumb war. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, doesn’t think his old boss’s own war was so bright either. He says Obama “sort of lost his way”. Panetta’s predecessor, Robert Gates, has said pretty much the same thing. He didn’t think the president “believed in his own strategy”.

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Speaking of believing in your own strategy, how come these two guys didn’t speak up when it would have made a difference? They both have books to peddle now. They may not be loyal, but they’re not dumb.

Empty Chair for an Empty Suit

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The Obama Under the Bus Body Count rose by one this past week. When the usually reliable Steve Kroft asked the president how ISIS came to power on his watch, Obama blamed National Intelligence boss James Clapper.

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That didn’t sit well with the spooks and they let it be known that Obama is a no show for most intelligence briefings. Obama says, being a 21st Century kind of Commander-In-Chief, he takes his briefings remotely on his I-pad.

Maybe Clint Eastwood was on to something with his empty chair conversation at the 2012 GOP convention.

 

Beheaders Beware

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Last year two homegrown Islamists beheaded a soldier on a London street. The beheaders then lectured the gathered crowd until the bobbies finally arrived and shot them. A week ago Australian authorities broke up a plot to carry out beheadings on the streets of Australia.

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Americans are armed to the teeth. Will that deter beheaders here? Maybe not. Last week a recent Muslim convert beheaded a coworker in a case of “workplace violence” in Oklahoma.

While he was in the act of stabbing another colleague he was shot by the firm’s COO.

Update: 

Dick Morris says Obama is in denial over terrorism, for political reasons as usual. He claims the purpose of the ISIS beheading videos is to inspire lone wolf acts of terror here. Rather than alert the public, the president wants to bury the public’s head in the sand before the midterm elections. Morris says Obama successfully used the same strategy when he blamed the Benghazi terror attacks on a movie before his 2012 re-election.

Wartime President

140925-wartime-presidentThe man elected to “end war” has become a wartime president.

In a UN speech on Wednesday President Obama called the civilized world to arms against the barbarians. He sounded positively Bushian.

There can be no reasoning, no negotiation, with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.

Axis of Evil anyone? Dana Milbank thinks so.

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The WSJ (The Latest Mideast Breakdown) said he sounded like a “Nobel Peace Prize winner mugged by reality”.