New Force Against ISIS Will Not Solve This Dilemma

President Obama recently announced he is seeking authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against the jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. Despite the fact that Washington has already launched "2,000 coalition airstrikes," the joint resolution does propose to limit engagement to three years and repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use […]

Bibi Wants War

Here is the one big takeaway from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress: "I can guarantee you this, the days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over. "We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves. We […]

128 Killed in Iraq Battles and Attacks

Iraq forces are making slow progress in their battles to liberate Salah ad-Din province. At least 128 were killed in fighting and other violence. At least six were wounded. The Iraqi army, Shi’ite militias, and volunteer fighters are seeking to seal off Tikrit. The town of Dour is effectively surrounded. But, the only complete victories […]

The US Government Is Making the Problem of Islamist Extremism Worse

The Islamist terrorists are winning and the U.S. government is helping them! Barack Obama just finished a three-day White House conference on countering "violent extremism" but did not want the event excessively focused on law enforcement. Meanwhile, after a masked man from al Shabab, Somalia’s al Qaeda affiliate, threatened the Mall of America in Minneapolis, […]

Best of Times or Worst of Times?

Last week, John Kerry seemed to be auditioning for the role of Dr. Pangloss. Despite jihadi violence across the Middle East and ISIS terror in Iraq and Syria, Kerry told Congress, we live in “a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally – less deaths, less violent […]

Operations Continue in Northern Iraq; 171 Killed, 210 Wounded

A major operation in Salah ad-Din province continued on Monday, while bombers struck in Baghdad.. At least 171 were killed and 210 were wounded.

As a Muslim and Iranian-American I Am Delighted Netanyahu Will Speak to Congress

I am delighted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be speaking before the US Congress. Then everyone will be able to see clearly his objective: Yet another war in the Middle East for which Americans will bear the burden and pay the price – this time with Iran. Netanyahu will be speaking to a joint […]

Who Killed Boris Nemtsov?

Practically no one in the West doubts the murder of once-rising reform politician Boris Nemtsov was the work of Vladimir Putin, and/or his allies in government. If Putin didn’t give the direct order, the pundits say, the Russian leader created the "atmosphere of hatred" directed at the Russian opposition, of which Nemtsov was a half-forgotten […]

Department of Homeland Security: What Is It Good For?

Late Friday night, Congress passed legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for one week. This vote followed weeks of debate over efforts to attach a prohibition on funding President Obama’s executive order granting amnesty to certain illegal immigrants to the Homeland Security funding bill. Despite the heated rhetoric from both sides, no one seriously […]

Iraq: 4,134 Killed in February; Major Operation Begins in North

Casualty figures for February were released by the United Nations on Sunday. Although the number of dead dropped, the figures for March could be significantly higher now that the battle for Salah ad-Din province has begun.