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News Roundup: Obama, O’Reilly, Greece bailout

President Obama spoke in front of the Democratic National Committee. He rallied the troops and with good reason. The country appears to be headed in the right direction.

It appears that Bill O’Reilly is in a little bit of hot water, again. It seems as if it’s not only Brian Williams who can exaggerate, but also Bill O’Reilly. Bill O’Reilly stated on multiple occasions that he was under fire in the Falkland war.

Hey, Greece gets a four-month extension on their bailout. Nothing seems to have been resolved. Nice summation here.

The former first lady of Virginia Maureen McDowell is sentenced to some prison time.

Teens are watching drunk videos. This isn’t good.

This is a terrible time in the political calendar. Most candidates are only “quasi-running” for president. Several candidates that we “know” are running for president haven’t even announced yet. Yet, the media seems to be fixated on giving us stories about the people who are almost getting ready to run for president. It is crazy. Did you know that Jeb Bush’s wife supports him running for president? Did you care? I just can’t imagine how that is relevant to anything.

Fighting in Iraqi City is testing Obama’s ISIS strategy.

By |2015-02-22T19:54:31-04:00February 21st, 2015|Iraq, Obama administration, Party Politics|Comments Off on News Roundup: Obama, O’Reilly, Greece bailout

Our schizophrenic attitude toward war

It wa just a couple of years ago that we were still stinging from starting the never-ending Iraq war. We didn’t want to invade anybody. We didn’t want to bomb anybody. We wanted to get out. That attitude was so yesterday. According to a new CNN poll, we are ready to R-U-M-B-L-E with ISIS.

I’ll be the first to tell you I don’t have any good answers for ISIS or Syria, or for Afghanistan for that matter. All of these places look like black holes in which we can throw both troops and money at the problem for years without resolution. Our money isn’t infinite. Our resources are limited.

If we are to believe the press, ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is a threat to the United States. They aren’t a threat some time in the future. They are a threat today. We’ve gotta do something. Now.

Glenn Greenwald points out the obvious. In 2003, six months after we invaded Iraq, a majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents thought that Saddam had something to do with 9/11. The press and the White House have led us down this road before. Hopefully, we are older, smarter and wiser now. We can listen to Senator John McCain or we can sit back and think. How can we really neutralize or eliminate ISIS without throwing trillions of dollars into the Middle East money pit and killing thousands of innocents?

By |2014-09-09T21:46:03-04:00September 9th, 2014|Iraq, Mess O'Potamia (Iraq/Iran/Israel/Palestine)|Comments Off on Our schizophrenic attitude toward war

News Roundup – Iraq, Tony Gwynn, Benghazi

Yes, the US beat Ghana. Kinda cool.

I don’t think that we should mobilize tens of thousands of troops because Iraq is falling apart. I think that this was predictable. Many of us thought Iraq was falling apart in 2007 and the only thing that was holding it together was… us. We are seeing more killing. Who knows what al-Maliki’s plans are?

The great Tony Gwynn has died.

Benghazi

The US has captured a possible suspect in the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack. This man is thought to be the ringleader. More from Steve Benen
Henry told the president, “You said on September 12th, ‘Make no mistake, we’ll bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.’ Eleven months later, where are they, sir?” Obama replied, “Well, I also said that we’d get bin Laden, and I didn’t get him in 11 months…. [W]e are intent on capturing those who carried out this attack, and we’re going to stay on it until we get them.”

It appears the president meant it.

United States commandos have captured the suspected ringleader of the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.
Apprehension of the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala, is the major breakthrough in the two-and-a-half-year-old investigation into the attack, which also killed three other Americans. President Obama vowed swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Washington Post report added some important details, explaining that this secret mission required months of planning and involved coordination between U.S. troops in Libya and the FBI.

A “jubilant” U.S. official described Abu Khattala’s capture as “a reminder that when the United States says it’s going to hold someone accountable and he will face justice, this is what we mean.”

By |2014-06-17T21:12:59-04:00June 17th, 2014|Foreign Affairs, Iraq, Sports|Comments Off on News Roundup – Iraq, Tony Gwynn, Benghazi
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