Is Obama Weak on Foreign Policy?

One reason that Barack Obama is slumping in the polls is that Republicans have successfully painted him as weak on foreign policy. Yet, during his tenure so far, Obama has used air power to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, surged American forces in Afghanistan to satisfy the U.S. military, re-entered the civil war in Iraq, […]

Hagel Didn’t Start the Fire

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam war veteran and the lone Republican on Obama’s national security team, has been fired. And John McCain’s assessment is dead on. Hagel, he said, “was never really brought into that real tight circle inside the White House that makes all the decisions which has put us into the incredible […]

83 Killed As Peshmerga Ask Badr Brigades For Control of Iraq Town

At least 83 people were killed and 40 more were wounded in the latest Iraq violence. Also, a new battle could be brewing between Iraq security forces.

Israel – America’s Biggest Frenemy

Today [November 24, 2014] is the deadline for the closing of a deal with Iran regarding their nuclear program. No one should be surprised that Israel is marking this deadline with a threat to attack Iran regardless of the outcome of the negotiations. As the Jerusalem Post is reporting on its front page: "Israel has […]

Defeat of USA FREEDOM Act Is a Victory for Freedom

It will not shock readers to hear that quite often legislation on Capitol Hill is not as advertised. When Congress wants to do something particularly objectionable, they tend give it a fine-sounding name. The PATRIOT Act is perhaps the best-known example. The legislation had been drafted well before 9/11 but was going nowhere. Then the […]

Mass Grave Found Near Mosul; 314 Killed Across Iraq

Heavy fighting between security forces and Islamic State militants over the weekend left 314 dead and 60 wounded. Also dozens of bodies were found in graves.

Iraq Attacks, Strikes Leave 203 Dead, 111 Wounded

At least 203 people were killed and 111 were wounded across Iraq.

CIA’s Torturous Maneuvers on Torture

“CIA may revamp how it is organized” announced a front-page Washington Post headline leading into an article based on remarks by unnamed “U.S intelligence officials” to the Post’s Greg Miller. The anonymous officials were authorized to share some of the contents of a Sept. 24 letter from CIA Director John Brennan to CIA staff, in […]

ISIS Attacks Ramadi; 168 Killed Across Iraq

At least 168 people were killed across Iraq and another 49 were wounded in attacks and airstrikes.

Torture, War, and No Consequences

During the Bush administration, the US engaged in the torture of terrorism suspects at prisons like Abu Ghraib, and at black sites all over Europe. Arguably, torture is still occurring in some places, through actions like the force feeding in Guantanamo Bay. However, in 2009, right after he entered office, President Obama banned torture – […]