ISLAMIC STATE BRINGS HIGH DEFINITION BEHEADINGS TO LIBYA

I just watched the latest Islamic State video where they simultaneously beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians on the Libyan coast, and while horrifying to watch, I am struck by the way these made-for-social media productions  eerily resemble something which director Michael Mann would construct: beautiful, vacation-like scenery wihich is paired with bloody violence. As typical with […]

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TWO STORIES BY BUSH THE SECOND TODAY

Today, you’re going to hear two amazing stories on CBS News programs This Morning and Face the Nation—former US President George W. Bush will say that the Islamic State’s rise is his only regret about invading Iraq, and that he was surprised how now-deceased dictator Saddam Hussein remained in Iraq as a sign of disbelief […]

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SPONSORED DEATH IN IRAQ, REMIXED

Equipped with the CIA’s research that covert efforts to arm overseas armies have never, never, never, never, never, never, never worked, why is the US training Iraqi soldiers for an upcoming spring offensive against ISIL? We should say “retraining” since the previous multi-billion dollar investment in Iraq’s armed forces has been a failure. (Laughing) Not sure. Perhaps […]

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WHAT COULD BE OBAMA’S LEGACY

  President Obama’s visual legacy may have nothing to do with the slow economic recovery, health care reform, NSA follies, dog-hating fence jumpers or the fact that the President hasn’t jailed a single large banksta for the 2008 financial markets meltdown. But the possibility that America could lose whatever little control it has over Baghdad […]

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IDLIB’S NEAR FALL, OR HOW MUCH LAND DOES ISIL CONTROL THESE DAYS?

  Depending on the media outlet you roll with for your daily dose of stories, you may get the impression that the entire balance of the America’s war against ISIL—where the latter has teamed up with additional extreme jihadist groups and moderate jihadists rebels to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, a leader America wants to remove from […]

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THE ONE QUESTION BIDEN SHOULD HAVE ASKED UAE (WHEN HE APOLOGIZED)

You’ve heard by now that US Vice President Joe Biden publicly stated that members of the Gulf Cooperation Council plus Turkey have been supporting terrorists in these nations’ collective bid to overthrow Syria President Bashar Al-Assad—something many of us have been saying for a while—only to backpedal and offer an apology to Turkey and United Arab Emirates. […]

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BOMBING SYRIA, LIKE THE WAY I FIGURED

After reading about the US bombing ISIL-held oil refineries in Ar Raqqah, Syria, I kept asking myself: “If the US can bomb militants away from an Iraqi dam—and not cause risky damage to infrastructure—why can’t bombing work the same way with Syrian oil refineries? I also kept thinking about something I posted four days ago: This brings up […]

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ISIL BITS

While President Obama and other world leaders converge on the UN General Assembly and clog New York City street traffic, It may be a good time to map a few of the latest ISIL news stories to the themes I’ve been writing  about. Read these first To fully understand where I’m coming from, read: A […]

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