Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Islamic State Doesn’t Destroy All Antiquities — It Saves Some To Sell On The Black Market

The Sunni Muslim extremists’ appetite for destruction of priceless historical sites and artifacts may be checked, however — by their hunger for the lucrative spoils of the black-market antiquities trade.

August 24, 2015

Cartoon: Jeb Bush Visits The Subject Of Iraq

“Where are we?”

August 16, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding dinner in Clear Lake

Clinton Hits Back At Jeb Bush On Iraq And Islamic State

Hillary Clinton on Saturday hit back at comments from Jeb Bush that President Obama’s policies on Iraq created instability that led to the rise of the Islamic State militant group.

August 15, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘Revisionist History Alert!’

Larry Wilmore looked at Jeb Bush’s recent speech on Iraq — in which he blamed Hillary Clinton and President Obama for the problems there.

August 14, 2015
Residents gather at the site of a truck bomb attack at a crowded market in Baghdad

Islamic State Claims Huge Truck Bomb Attack In Baghdad’s Sadr City

At least 76 people were killed and 212 wounded on Thursday in a blast claimed by Islamic State in Baghdad’s Sadr City.

August 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, And Ignoring The Past

At least we’d know what to expect from them. That’s the cheeriest way to cast the latest in presidential dynasty news.

August 13, 2015
2016 Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is the first candidate on stage before the start of the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester

Jeb Bush’s Brotherly Wager

Bush’s attack on Clinton and Obama for their “blind haste” to get out of Iraq played well with the GOP voters — but it might haunt him later.

August 13, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Bush speaks to attendees at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta

Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton — On Iraq

A presidential candidate named Bush is attacking the opposition for messing up Iraq — yes, really.

August 11, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Larry Wilmore Vs. Bill Cosby’s Public Relations

Larry Wilmore examined the news story telling Bill Cosby’s strategy to fight the rape scandal in the court of public opinion — such as his lawyer arguing that Cosby’s court deposition should never have been revealed.

July 28, 2015
U.S. Defense Secretary Carter pauses on tarmac as he boards his plane en route to Tel Aviv in Andrews Air Force Base

U.S. Aims To Shift Israel Focus To Security Ties After Iran Deal

Ash Carter: “I’m not going to change anybody’s mind in Israel. That’s not the purpose of my trip.”

July 19, 2015

Obama’s Best Iran Role Model Is The First President Bush

As he seeks support for the new international deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program, Obama is seeking comparisons with Reagan and Nixon.

July 16, 2015
Zarif_Kerry in Vienna

Iran Deal: Why Would We Heed The Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

Many on the American right have often preferred war, including the utterly insane risk of nuclear war, to dealing with our enemies.

July 14, 2015

Number Of Syrian Refugees Tops Four Million: UN

More than 4 million Syrians have fled the civil war ravaging their country and become refugees in the surrounding region.

July 9, 2015

‘The Great War Of Our Time’ Goes Inside The CIA, To A Point

In his book The Great War of Our Time, former CIA deputy Director Michael Morell explains the blunder that led to Saddam Hussein being deposed and sent him into hiding in a spider hole.

June 21, 2015
President Obama requests congressional authority to use military force against ISIS. - DC

Obama’s Legal Rationale For War Against Islamic State Secret And ‘Very Thin’

“This is opening the door to future presidents making war without any reliance on congressional authorization.”

June 12, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘The Rummy Returns’

Jon’s message: Ultimately, trying to stop these people from doomed foreign policy adventures, or to find all the contradictions in their logic and basic understanding of history, is probably futile. But we must never stop trying, anyway.

June 12, 2015

New Advisers To Iraq Aimed At Energizing A Flagging U.S. Strategy

President Obama’s decision to send more U.S. military personnel to Iraq does not represent a new U.S. strategy.

June 10, 2015
This is what life is like under the Islamic State in Ramadi: Walking past rubble in a world of surveillance. Screenshot: Vice News/YouTube

White House Expected To Announce U.S. Will Send 500 More Troops To Iraq

The plan marks a deepening U.S. commitment to its nearly yearlong fight against ISIS, which has gained new ground through military victories in recent weeks.

June 10, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Larry Wilmore vs. Don Rumsfeld

Larry Wilmore could only ask of Don Rumsfeld: You do realize that all your past comments ridiculing any doubts about the Iraq War are on tape, right?

June 10, 2015
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush looks on prior to speaking at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, DC, November 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

On Overseas Tour, Jeb Bush Hopes To Prove Himself On Foreign Policy

Bush’s trip is a nod to the dominant role foreign policy is expected to play in the 2016 presidential campaign.

June 8, 2015
Former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Can Jeb Bush Be His ‘Own Man’?

Jeb Bush’s last name comes with advantages that are difficult to overstate. In a presidential race, he gets, among other things, instant name recognition and a built-in fundraising apparatus from his father and brother. Those assets alone explain why a man who hasn’t won an election in more than a decade is nonetheless considered a […]

June 5, 2015

Endorse This: Okay, So Don’t Vote For Lindsey Graham!

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is clearly laying out his platform for 2016, based on all his national security wisdom: Go right back into Iraq! And if you don’t don’t like — well, he’s got an answer for that, too.

June 4, 2015
A flag of the Islamic State (IS) is seen in Rashad, Iraq, on September 11, 2014

U.S., Allies Pledge To Step Up Security Backing For Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi had complained at a security conference in Paris that the global response had been inadequate at a time when the extremists were seizing territory in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

June 2, 2015
This is what life is like under the Islamic State in Ramadi: Walking past rubble in a world of surveillance. Screenshot: Vice News/YouTube

Iraqis Recount Their Lives Under The Islamic State: Cheap Food, Endless Rules

Living under the Islamic State has its benefits for many Iraqis, although they live in a culture of fear, propaganda and totalitarianism.

June 1, 2015
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush looks on prior to speaking at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, DC, November 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

Jeb Bush Says He’ll Have To Criticize His Brother, But Won’t Like It

“I have to do the Heisman on my brother, that I love. This is not something that I’m comfortable doing.”

May 31, 2015
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