Obama’s Hazy Plan To Fight ISIS Is Unlikely To Succeed

Although President Obama insists that no American military "boots on the ground" will be used to degrade and defeat the radical Islamist group Islamic State (IS) – which is well funded and has captured much heavy military equipment from the Syrian military and U.S. trained and equipped Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga militias – that […]

As Diplomats Discuss Iraq, 86 Are Killed across Country

Diplomats from 30 countries met in Paris today to discuss the Islamic State situation in Iraq. The Kurdish Peshmerga Ministry held its own meeting with representatives from seven countries. Attacks and battles left at least 86 dead and 22 wounded.

A Note to My Readers

I’m working on a special project this week so no column today: more about the project later. I’ll be back at my regular stand on Wednesday, so please watch this space. NOTES IN THE MARGIN You can check out my Twitter feed by going here. But please note that my tweets are sometimes deliberately provocative, […]

DOJ Demands Immunity for Anti-Iran Group UANI

The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge on Friday to throw out a lawsuit against the American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran, Inc., more popularly known as United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI). Greek shipping magnate Victor Restis sued UANI last year claiming the group’s false public allegations he aided Iran’s nuclear program had […]

Bin Laden’s Strategy Continues To Outlive Its Creator

If he were still alive today, Osama bin Laden would no doubt be quietly celebrating in his Abbottabad bunker. Three years after the al Qaeda founder was killed by US forces and his body floated to the bottom of the North Arabian Sea, bin Laden’s own strategy for "degrading and destroying" his enemy continues to […]

Falluja Hospital Bombed Again As 42 Killed Across Iraq

Despite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s promise yesterday, that civilian locations would no longer suffer airstrikes, Falluja hospital has been bombed again. Still, he won an endorsement today from former P.M. Ayad al-Allawi. At least 42 people were killed and another 29 were wounded today.

Iraq PM Promises No More Airstrikes on Civilians; 63 Killed, 22 Wounded

At least 63 people were killed and 22 more were wounded across Iraq. Most of the victims were militants. Meanwhile, the prime minister ordered the military to stop bombing civilian neighborhoods, but the airstrikes continued.

Never Learn Anything From 9/11

On September 11, 2014, MSNBC aired footage from 9/11 for hours, and after 13 years of being furious at the US government instead of the people who murdered 3000 people on that day, it was almost a relief to learn that video of it still disturbs. No matter what happened before or afterwards, 9/11 was […]

Israel’s Hannibal Procedure

The last war has come to an end, the next war has not yet started, so let’s use the time to speak of many things. Of Hannibal, for example. Hannibal? The man with the elephants? The very same. Hannibal, the Carthaginian commander who is considered one of the military geniuses of all times, was a […]

28 Killed, 56 Wounded in Bombings and Airstrikes Across Iraq

At least 28 people, mostly civilians, were killed today as 56 more were wounded. Meanwhile, several partners in the war against the Islamic State clarified their roles in the conflict.