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Maybe ISIS has trapped us, but are they also trapping themselves?

Dan Froomkin at The Intercept is asking whether America is just playing into ISIS’s hands by going to war with them:

There are many reasons the U.S.

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Seriously, what the heck is wrong with The New Republic?

This supposedly liberal magazine is so hell bent on salvaging World War III out of what they perceive to be Barack Obama’s insufficient zeal to do war on the Cossack that not a day goes by anymore without some borderline unhinged screed pouring forth from its internet tubes. 688 more words


Supergenius Vladimir Putin gets everything he wanted in Ukraine, except the things he wanted

We’re back on the “Vladimir Putin is an all-knowing, all-powerful demon-king” beat, I guess. That’s the best takeaway from this piece at The New Republic yesterday: 939 more words


Mission creep, an illusion in three parts

Prologue: The Problem

President Obama and European leaders called Thursday for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign, after months of his violent crackdown on protesters. The rhetorical escalation was backed by new U.S.

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When is a ceasefire not a ceasefire?

How about when nobody has actually ceased firing?

Shelling has killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said, the worst reported violence since a ceasefire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops began on September 5.

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A couple more important points on last night's speech

Today being what it is, I’m likely going to pack it in after this post and turn off all the noise for a while. But here are a couple of other things to keep in mind (apart from… 758 more words


In which I watch a Dick Cheney speech so you don't have to

My latest piece at LobeLog is a favor to you fine readers. See, former VP Richard Cheney headed to the warm, friendly confines of the American Enterprise Institute yesterday, and like Frank Costanza at Festivus, he’s got a lot of problems with you people, and now you’re gonna hear about it. 316 more words

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