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Obama phones it in with timid, risky ISIS plan

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 — President Obama’s comprehensive plan to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State is reminiscent of a research paper assigned months ago and written the night before it was due. It was appropriately delivered in a speech that had a phoned-in quality. The most surprising thing about the plan is that it ...

Islamic State stones women, threatens US

WASHINGTON, August 9, 2014 — Even as America is conducting military airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq, reports that Islamic State jihadi fighters have stoned to death a young woman accused of adultery have been verified by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. On July 18, the woman, clad head to toe in black, was ...

Can the Taliban make a comeback in Afghanistan?

KANDAHAR, August 9, 2014—Pessimism has infected Americans’ outlook on the world. Nowhere is the tendency more evident or pronounced than in Afghanistan. It is a bipartisan affair, too. Conservatives seem resigned that a Muslim country will go the way of our other two recent interventionist projects in Iraq and Libya. Liberals are convinced that military ...

ISIS, emboldened by U.S. aid in Syria, bites off more than it can chew

By taking so many key and strategic points in Iraq in such a short amount of time they created a panic. Instead of seeking to consolidate their positions in Mosul, they were greedy and ambitious and moved on Takrit. Sensing a growing weakness in their enemy, they moved on Tal Afar. Thousands of people are fleeing the path of ISIS, scrambling to get out of the way, screaming at the top of their lungs for help, and the World has heard them.

Russia eyes Crimea, Ukraine’s fate uncertain

The down and dirty of it is that the United States has lost an incredible amount of credibility from the Syrian debacle, and the Ukrainian situation does not seem to be our deliverance either.