Friday, July 31, 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
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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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Republican ‘Hawks’ Cited By Rand Paul For Rise Of Islamic State

“ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS.”

May 27, 2015
Jeb Bush

A Failure Of Intelligence

Contrary to what Jeb Bush says now, it wasn’t actually that hard to see through the propaganda barrage that led the United States to invade Iraq in 2003

May 27, 2015
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Biden Tries To Mollify Iraqis, Promises Training And Equipment

Vice President Joe Biden called Iraq’s prime minister Monday to try to smooth over a rough exchange of words between the two governments after the fall of important cities to Islamic State militants in recent days.

May 25, 2015
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U.S. Defense Secretary Says Iraqis Need ‘Will To Fight’ To Defeat Islamic State

Republicans blamed Obama’s decision to pull troops out of Iraq after years of war.

May 24, 2015
Obama vows no bad deal with Iran: 'This deal will have my name on it'

Obama Vows No Bad Deal With Iran: ‘This Deal Will Have My Name On It’

“This deal will have my name on it,” Obama said, “so nobody has a bigger personal stake in making sure that it delivers on its promise.

May 22, 2015
Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meet in the U.S. Capitol January 7, 2015. (Official Photo by Caleb Smith; Speaker Boehner/Flickr)

Polls Show Discontent With GOP Congress, Rising Liberalism — And Shifting Memories On Iraq

Poll shows that nobody likes Republican leaders in Congress — not even Republicans.

May 22, 2015
Jeb Bush was interviewed by Megyn Kelly of Fox News on his stance on the invasion of Iraq. Photo: Screenshot via Fox News

The Iraq Invasion: What We Knew Then

Jeb Bush was forced to retract statements saying that he would have invaded Iraq if he had been in his brother’s situation. Many commentators, though, missed something key in their criticism of his remarks: It’s not clear that the invasion was supported by what we knew beforehand.

May 22, 2015
Day 2-Conservatives Gather For Annual CPAC Convention - DC

A Hard Spring Brings Hard Days for Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush, the Republican frontrunner, spent days defending older brother George W. Bush, the former president, and the long war he started in Iraq. The younger brother was a one-man off-key Greek chorus.

May 22, 2015
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