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  • As Palmyra Falls, Who Supports Bashar al-Assad in Syria? (Charles Glass)
    • A very informative video. According to Charles Glass, if Bashar al-Assad loses so do all the Alawites and the Wahhabi Sunnis in Daesh will massacre all of them, "every living human being." Doesn't Daesh see the Shia in Iraq just like they do the Alawites in Syria?

  • Washington asks, "Who lost Ramadi?" But Washington never had Ramadi
    • The war hawks smell blood in the water.

      From a Guardian article...Fred Kagan, Victoria Nuland's brother-in-law, called for 15-20,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. "Anything less than that is simply unserious."

      Jack Keane said it was time to begin "serious planning" for the reintroduction of U.S. combat brigades in Iraq. Keane said the U.S. needed to get over its "political psychosis on Iraq."

      The hawks are making their move. The Republicans tried the same thing in 1964, but this time they think their Barry Goldwater strategy will work.

    • As a whole, the Republican candidates want the public to think Obama not only lost Ramadi, he is about to lose most of Iraq to ISIS. Criticizing Obama's foreign policy will be the key to their strategy for winning the White House in 2016. They are speaking in one voice. Yesterday, Jeb Bush said al-Queda in Iraq was defeated when his brother was president AND there was no ISIS. The Republicans will try and link Hillary to many of the current problems.

      If Obama backs away from defeating ISIS in Ramadi and Iraq it would be the best gift the Republican could possibly imagine in 2016.The American public was easily duped by war propaganda during the buildup to invading Iraq so the Republicans are basing their strategy on recent history.The Republicans really don't have anything else.

  • Why does the Iraqi Army Keep Running Away from ISIL?
    • quax, your posts are spot on, IMO. ISIL won't become a controlled state with oil revenue because that would lead to a much bigger Sunni-Shia war. Iran will stop them if the U.S. doesn't. The Republicans would have a field day if Obama backed off and let Iran take the lead.

    • Sooner or later, the Daesh killers will wind up like they did in Tikrit or Kobani. Taking Ramadi was one thing. Holding a city just 60 miles from Baghdad will be a whole different ballgame. How long can they withstand a sustained counterattack. How will they get resupplied? They overextended themselves in Kobani and paid the price. The same thing will happen in Ramadi.

    • There's a good article in the NY Times detailing the ISIS takeover in Ramadi and how they took advantage of a sandstorm nixing air cover. There had to be a reason for NO AIR COVER. Without control of the skies it's IMPOSSIBLE for Daesh to win in Iraq.

  • Cole: Iraq's Ramadi falls to ISIL as Shiite Gov't refuses to Arm Sunni Tribes
    • Now this raid into Syria to kidnap or kill the chief financial office of ISIS really means what? They take Ramadi and Obama hits them in Syria. What would happen if a U.S. chopper had been shot down and soldiers were captured?

    • Jay L, you made some interesting as well as amusing posts about the mysterious way Daesh's makes all their military moves and gets resupplied with food, water arms etc. etc. etc. It's either magic or a network of HUGE underground tunnels and depots deep, deep below the surface. That's how they moved from Tikrit to Ramadi like BAM!!! in just a few hours. You were wondering how they did that---UNDERGROUND SUPERHIGHWAYS is my best guess.

      On a more serious note....Saudi Arabia and Turkey want the Assad regime changed and the Shiite crescent gone. So, their interests in seeing Daesh defeated in Iraq probably isn't heartfelt. Bibi Netanyahu would also like Assad gone, so there is no link between Iran and Hezbollah. If Daesh gets destroyed, the real winners are Iran, Assad and Hezbollah. Daesh being contained but not destroyed in Anbar province and eastern Syria is working well for the Saudis, Turkey and Netanyahu.

      Why would they want that to change?

    • I once read if the Taliban was rolling down the highway towards Islamabad and the Pakistan army attacked with just two helicopter gunships, the battle would be over in a few minutes. Why weren't gunships used in Ramadi? Daesh couldn't survive such an attack.

  • Did Jeb Bush just commit a War Crime in Justifying the Iraq War?
    • The 45th anniversary of the National Guard murders at Kent State took place a few days ago. Millions of hippie types who grew up when LBJ and Nixon were president are as ANTIWAR today as they were back then. Somebody made a lot of money on that one too.

      If the Republicans can figure out a way to start a war against some bad guys and not put tens of thousands of troops into the meat grinder , they could keep it going and make a lot of money. If it gets too big and/or to bloody, the war will be stopped and the defense industry will quit making the big bucks.Too much blood is what killed the golden goose in Vietnam.

      That's the thing with EMPIRES. If the wars stop, the empire collapses but once they start there is no way to back off. American politicians will keep creating new enemies in order to keep these wars going. Nobody will make any money if the empire fails and these wars are all about making money.

    • The defense industry made a lot of money in Iraq but they would make much more if the good 'ol USA had to invade and regime changed Iran before they can build all the nukes Bibi Netanyahu talked about in Congress. Plus, the U.S. govt. would be able to use the NSA and really clamp down on civil rights. Living in America would be like living in Nazi Germany after the Reichstag fire.

      Peace on planet earth doesn't help the defense industry stay in business. They need wars to make money. Saudi Arabia spent $8.4 billion on arms last year because they want war with Iran ASAP. They didn't spend all that money just to attack a bunch of ragmuffins in Yemen.

      BIG WARS MEAN BIG BUCKS FOR EVERYBODY!!!

    • Jeb's comments are a good set up for war and regime change in Iran. "All options remain on the table" just in case we need to bomb Iran if we think there is a possibility they still might be building nukes or have the capability of doing so. The United States might need to stop them from doing that if that is the case depending on our intelligence. That's the reason we invaded Iraq and even in retrospect I think it was the right decision to make. Even though it was a difficult one I'm still glad we did it. We might have to do the same thing to Iran at some future date, again depending on the intelligence.

      Jeb is mild mannered compared to almost all of the other war mongers in the GOP. They are ready to start bombing on DAY ONE.

  • Is Sen. Tom Cotton right that ISIL is Winning?
    • The Young Turks and the independent article are making opposite claims about Daesh. Tom Cotton agrees with the Independent article, but Daesh is slowly being pushed back. They aren't winning or even holding their own in Iraq.

    • Tom Cotton is the mirror image of the Republican party and it's presidential candidates. Check out Marco Rubio's speech yesterday...."WE WILL FIND YOU. WE WILL KILL YOU." The GOP's strategy for 2016 will be based on foreign policy and national security. War against a multitude of bad guy threats always sells BIG in the GOP.

      What else do they have? Amnesty and Climate Change are out.

  • How Muslim-Americans can avoid being Trolled by Israel-Firsters: Look again at the Prophet's example
    • 100,000 Muslim residents of Garland, Texas totally ignored this event. Pam Geller and the Islamic radicals who attacked were outsiders. City officials who allowed this VERY DANGEROUS event to take place share most of the blame.

  • Tom Cotton's 'Chickenhawk' Taunt at Iran FM Demeans Jeb Bush, GOP Field
    • I cringe each time George is called a Texan. The "Bushes of Connecticut" are New England bluebloods much like John Kerry. The "Bushes of Connecticut" moved to Texas after WWII which makes them CARPETBAGGERS. Hearing George speak with a Texas drawl is like hearing Mr. Ed the talking horse for the first time. "That isn't possible."

    • It took a great deal of courage for the American troops in Iraq to face death or mutilation because of IEDs. Not many things could be more stressful. Thousands were killed and tens of thousands suffered permanent traumatic brain injuries.

      Tom Cotton showed real courage, IMO. He's got brains too, but he's a neoconservative. He insults and taunts Zarif for only one reason: Cotton wanted him to overreact. Zarif saw that coming and gave Cotton a high five on the birth of his son instead.

      Game and set to Zarif but the match is not over by a long shot. Neos NEVER give up.

    • Cotton supported and volunteered to fight in the Iraq war because he believed in it then and believes in it now. He probably would take the same course of action if the U.S. regime changed Iran. Tom Cotton is like Darth Cheney on crack with a gun. He might feel the same way about Iraqi peasants as Phil Sheridan did about Indians. Ditto for Iranian peasants.

      The goods ones are all dead.

      Do you really think Darth Cheney worries about moral courage or doing the right thing? Or Bibi Netanyahu? These people want war, they want to win and they do not care in the least how many people they have to kill in order to get the job done. Like Cheney said right after 9/11...

      "SWEEP IT ALL UP."

      To neoconservatives, moral courage and doing the right thing is ONLY for the weak. That is their philosophy.

  • Bush blames Obama for lack of Wars ('Follow-Through' on 'Threats')
    • George Bush didn't have the intelligence or background to understand the war in Iraq. That was Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz's job and they were very good at it. The Young Turks give George way too much credit.

      The Young Turks blast Bush for saying Obama "failed to follow through," then they name some of the countries he did bomb---Syria, Yemen, Oman (at times), Iraq and Pakistan. They forgot Libya and Obama's "war of necessity" in Afghanistan. The Bush drone attacks don't compare with Obama's.

      George wants Sheldon to give a few hundred million to his brother. Adelson is worth $28 billion. Jeb's superpac is on course to rake in $100 million by the end of May. That's without Sheldon's $$$. Giving $500 mil. to Jeb and $500 mil. to Hillary would cover Sheldon no matter who won.

  • US admits it has no Idea who it is Assassinating by Drone
    • Would a Republican president use drones for surveillance or whatever to disperse these "lynch mobs?"

      "BY ORDER OF THE AUTHORITIES, YOU HAVE TEN MINUTES TO LEAVE THE AREA ."

      America would turn into an Arnold film.

  • Rand Paul: GOP Hawks are Obama's "Lapdogs;" McCain: Paul 'Worst Candidate'
    • Hillary is in Republican crosshairs but so is Rand Paul. I've seen a commercial claiming Paul supports Obama's plan to let Iran build nuclear bombs.The commercial ends with a nuclear explosion. Daisy II with a Republican twist. Rand Paul doesn't have a chance of winning the Republican nomination. A real Republican wants to start as many wars as possible on day 1. That's what they do.

  • As US Consulate in Irbil. Iraq, is Bombed, can US still do Diplomacy in ME?
    • Reports in the Guardian say Baghdadi was so badly injured by U.S. bombs in mid-March he wasn't expected to live. Now, he's more than happy to do diplomacy with the U.S. before the next bomb kills him.

      Daesh needs to be driven out of Iraq. How long can they last?

  • Iraq: ISIL surrounds 300 Sunni families, Closes in on Ramadi
    • I experience the same confusion. Now they're in Ramadi? How did they get from Tikrit to Ramadi? Is Basra next? It's only a few hundred miles away.

    • Daesh has to be degraded and driven out of Iraq. Until that happens they will keep attacking and trying to expand their base. If Obama backed off, Bibi Netanyahu and the Republicans would use that against him and the nuclear agreement with Iran.

      Here's Bibi now...."Can you imagine if ISIS had nukes? Obama is letting them run wild in Iraq. Israel is facing a nuclear threat from Iran right now. Even as we speak here today, Iran is using their free time to build a numerous multitude of many ATOMIC BOMBS they plan on using to destroy Israel. Do you remember my atomic bomb drawing with the red line? My true Republican friends, multiply that one ATOMIC BOMB by a THOUSAND."

  • Iran: Putin Explains to Israel's Netanyahu: Air Defense System is, like, Defensive
    • The poll says Republicans support the interests of Israel by a 2-1 margin and Democrats just the opposite. Many of those Republicans supporting Israel are waiting on the End Times spelled out in the Book of John. They want Armageddon, the Final Battle between Good and Evil. Those bible people are really tired of waiting.

      Bringing Jesus back by dropping nucular bombs. The south pole would be ideal. Lots of water.

    • Iranian President Rouhani and the Supreme Leader are saying no nuclear deal without an immediate end to all sanctions. Bibi Netanyahu wants the nuclear deal to fall apart because he wants war, not just an Israeli bombing run which would only set back Iran a year or two. Netanyahu really wants American troops sent into Iran and eventual regime change. A BIG WAR IS ON BIBI'S TABLE. Why think small since this opportunity will not happen again?

      Netanyahu knows Putin sending Russian S-300s to Iran will make his war plans much more complicated. Putin once said any attack on Iran is like an attack on Russia. Iran and Russia are getting prepared for war with the United States and Israel.

      I don't blame them. They better get ready for it.

      p.s. The Republican hawks will want to use some of those troops in Ukraine just in case Putin has plans to send Rooskie troops to Iran. Republicans like war. The bigger, the better.

  • Iran Deal: Michele Bachmann Psyched For Judgment Day
    • They plan on starting WWIII with Iran and Russia. Putin's S-300s are going to Iran just in case. Michele Bachman might be right about the End Times approaching.

      Jeb and Ted Cruz are right with Michele. Deep down, these Republicans are looking forward to Armageddon and the Final Battle.

  • President Hillary Clinton's Middle East Policy: Interventions, Wars, More of Same
    • Of course Ritter was right about Hillary and Bill knowing there were no WMDs in Iraq. "She made a calculation based on politics" and public opinion. Most Americans wanted war and George gave it to them. Hillary saw which way the wind was blowing and went with it. So did John Kerry and Joe Biden. Either they all knew it was bullshit or they're STUPID, really stupid. But that was in 2002, not 2015-16. If a Republican gets elected in 2016, they'll get their marching orders from Bibi Netanyahu and without a doubt we will go to war with Iran. Hillary the hawk might not take that step. A Republican president and congress is a nightmare.

    • POTUS Hillary will do all of the above and probably more, but I can't see her starting a war with Iran or Putin. That's a bridge too far, especially if the Republicans war mongers get nasty during the campaign. Plus, her constituents and everyone on the left will be a drag on her basic warrior instincts.

      Deep down, Hillary must hate those bastard Republicans for the way they went after Bill Clinton when he was POTUS. Hillary Clinton has a long memory and doesn't forget shitte like that. She'll enjoy making those Republicans suffer for eight long years.

      Suggested campaign slogan: "Vote for Hillary and watch her put some real PAYBACK on the Republicans. THIS ELECTION IS ALL ABOUT PAYBACK!!!"

  • How Iran won Bush's Iraq War
    • Obama wasn't clumsy and didn't blunder into fighting ISIS in Iraq. Most everything is going as planned, IMO. The media says Iran coming into the fight against ISIS is more bad news, but that news is ONLY bad for Bibi Netanyahu and his Republican allies who want war with Iran. ISIS is slowly being degraded by a coalition involving the U.S. and Iran while Obama's nuclear deal is in the process of being finalized. So, the bad news is really good, not bad.

      Instead of John McCain singing the Beach Boys, how 'bout some Jefferson Airplane instead?

      "One pill makes you smaller"
      "The other makes you large"
      "But the ones that mother gives you"
      "Don't do anything at all."

      Not doing anything at all to Iran is not part of Bibi's plan. The bad news is really good.

  • Does Rand Paul have Anger Issues?
    • Here in Nevada, TV commercials are running claiming Rand Paul "supported Obama's nuclear negotiations with Iran." Paul is desperately trying to change his antiwar spots but to the Republican war hawks, Rand has already crossed the Rubicon. All of the other GOP candidates will march as one.

      "GIVE US WAR!!!"

  • Iran: What did Khamenei really say about the Lausanne Agreement, and Why?
    • The same commercial is running out here in Las Vegas. I think Republican warmongers are trying to link Paul to Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran so they can destroy his shaky credibility and unite the war party. Then, they'll try to do the same thing and link Hillary to Obama. It's a risky strategy but what else can they do?

      Those anti-Paul commercials really surprised me. Rand Paul and Iranian nukes--who knew?

  • President Rand Paul's Middle East Policy
    • Your comment about politicians keeping the United States "on top of the pile which is what empires have always done" made me think about Ron Paul's various positions since we invaded Iraq in 2003. Intellectually, Rand Paul isn't close to his father.

      150 years ago today, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant. If Rand Paul was a real Neo-confederate, he would have been wearing a grey armband during his speech on the USS Yorktown. If he had given that speech at Ft. Meade, daddy would have disowned him.

      Even 150 years later, Neo-confederates are still serious about the Civil War.

    • p.s. Ron Paul also sees the Federal Reserve Bank as a large part of the federal government's domestic and international power. His "End the Fed" campaign is really about limiting federal govt. power vs. those of the individual states. This also goes back to the Civil War and secession.

    • "Keeping the U.S. on top of the pile" using military means is how neoconfedrates like Ron Paul view the Civil War. To them, Lincolns aggression was the first step in what became the U.S. empire. That was followed by war against Native Americans, the Spanish-American war, WWI and WWII, Vietnam and finally, the war in Iraq. Dominating all others by military and economic means always aimed at growing the empire. A key to Ron Paul's thinking happened during the presidential debates in 2008. Paul made a comment objecting to U.S. troops in Iraq and Rudy Gulliani immediately went after him. To Ron Paul, George Bush sending the U.S. army into Iraq was similar to Abraham Lincoln sending the U.S. army into the Confederate States of America. To him, secession was legal so Lincoln was sending the army into another country. A true neoconfederate like Ron Paul would have seen Tom Cotton's letter as the next step in U.S. military aggression expanding the empire.

      Obviously, Ron Paul is wrong in much of his thinking, but he is also VERY consistent.

    • On Meet the Press, Ron Paul blamed Abraham Lincoln for the Civil War. Neoconfederates like Paul can't help themselves. They always blame Lincoln. That's also the reason Rand Paul said each individual state should have the authority to decide Civil Rights and not the federal government--Confederate States Rights.

      Ron Paul was 100% against the war in Iraq mainly because he didn't want the federal government to expand its power which is exactly what happened. Just look at Edward Snowden and the NSA. Paul's position also goes back to how he thinks about the Civil War and the expansion of federal power. "The Real Lincoln," a book by Thomas DeLorenzo gives a window into their thinking. Ron Paul believes these wars, civil rights and race relations all relate to the Constitution and the power of the federal government vs. individual states. Rand is pretty much of a sell out, but Ron Paul believes Southern States had the right to secede and Lincoln was the one who acted illegally.

    • Well, at least Paul didn't "shush" Savannah Guthrie when she zeroed in on his Iran flip-flop. "Testy" Rand is his new handle. Bibi has already given the word to Sheldon Adelson. No flip-flopping on Iran is allowed. Reporters will give "Testy" the Sparticus treatment, so all the other 'lil Republicans will get the message.

    • When Rand Paul signed Tom Cotton's letter the antiwar crowd dumped him in a heartbeat. He went from a 5 percenter down to a 2. His high water mark has come and gone. Antiwar Republicans have about the same lifespan as a housefly.

      My access to this article was also blocked earlier.

  • Netanyahu slips, Reveals reason for Opposition to Iran Deal
    • IMO, Iran would be foolish to ever attack Israel because they would retaliate by using nuclear weapons--- hydrogen bombs. As Hillary Clinton put it, Iran would be "totally obliterated." Bibi Netanyahu and his Republican friends would like nothing better than an excuse to get into another war, but the Iranians are far too smart to fall into that trap.

    • On September 9, 2002, Judith Miller's aluminum tube article in the New York Times was key propaganda during the buildup to the invasion of Iraq. Parts of U.S. government often uses print and television media to influence public opinion. That's the reason I watch it.

      Nuclear Iran is basically a Democratic and Republican split. Iraq WMDs was mostly one way. If Netanyahu hadn't purposely develop a hate relationship with Obama, he might not be in such a weaken position today. Bibi spoke to Congress and tinkled all over the POTUS when he did it. Obama just pissed back with a fire hose.

    • Saudi Arabia has softened its position. They want to "see what happens in terms of details." Saudi Arabia doesn't have an Iron Dome so they would be far more vulnerable to a nuclear armed Iran. Other than the U.S., Netanyahu will end up isolating Israel from other nations.

      Bibi Netanyahu is scheduled to appear on both Meet the Press and Face the Nation every week until the Iranian NUKE BOMB crisis has been resolved in his favor.

  • Do GOP Frontrunners have an Iran policy besides Sanctions and Bombs?
    • The Republicans signed Tom Cotton's letter and with Bibi Netanyahu because they were certain Obama/Kerry would bring back a bad deal. Didn't happen, now they must defeat the bill or look even more ridiculous. Hillary Clinton couldn't have hope for anything better.

      "BRING IT ON BOYS!!!"

    • During his video with Tom Friedman of the NY Times, Obama missed a golden opportunity to take a shot at one of the biggest hawks in journalism.

      "By the end of June we will have the best opportunity to secure peace in the Middle East. Tom, in less than HALF A FRIEDMAN UNIT we could have peace for our time!!!"

  • What if US & UN Sanctioned Israel over its Nukes as they did Iran over Enrichment?
    • The Republican party's unnatural coalition is under increasing stress. The somewhat more moderate Jeb Bush just did a two day flip-flop on the Indiana law but Mike Huckabee, an evangelical preacher, blamed the "militant gay community" for the Indiana backlash. Right now, the party backs Bibi Netanyahu against Obama's Iran deal, but how long before the domestic concerns provoke a bigger split?

      The GOP would be much smaller without millions of evangelical voters. No guns and no bibles means no real power.

  • The von Moltke Fallacy and avoiding another World War, with Iran
    • America has too many crazy war mongers with power for Iran to ever fully trust this country. Last week, before the agreement was signed, the NY Times and the Washington Post ran op-eds that claimed bombing Iran was the ONLY way to stop them from building a nuclear bomb.

    • The Republicans in Congress went way overboard hitching their wagon and future to Bibi Netanyahu, the messianic nutjob. This airtight nuclear deal will force the Republicans in Congress to defeat it with a veto proof majority and convince the public to support a war with Iran. If that doesn't happen, the Republicans will be soundly defeated in the next election and Hillary Clinton will be elected POTUS. Iran coming in to fight Daesh in Iraq looks like great strategy now.

      Bibi and the Republicans are unable to name even one specific criticism about the centrifuges, 3.67% enriched uranium or the low grade uranium Iran will have left after getting rid of the other 98%. It's airtight and they know it. Obama punked the whole bunch of 'em.

  • Boycotting Indiana over anti-Gay Religious Discrimination
    • By signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Governor Pence hopes that will keep Indiana from being NUKED if Obama's deal with Iran falls apart. If Iran actually tests a nuclear weapon, Pence will vote in favor of stoning all Gays in the state. Ted Cruz wants to meet with the Guv. on Easter Sunday for a prayer meeting and to ask him to join his ticket.

  • As Iran talks Progress, US, Iran forces cooperate in taking Tikrit
    • 48 hours later, I hope the Republicans have PROPAGANDA PLAN B ready to go....

      "Ring Ring....Prime Minister Netanyahu calling...." PLEASE TELL ME, WHAT IS THE PLAN NOW???"

    • Unfortunately, Republican propaganda about Iran in Iraq has turned the fight against Daesh into a lose-lose situation for Obama. If Daesh is defeated, the Iranians are the reason. If Daesh remains in control of Mosul, Obama's poor CIC leadership is to blame.

  • War with Iran, by the Numbers
    • spyguy, I'm not saying you're wrong about China. You said it best..."Extreme hubris is going to blow up in the USA face." The neocons and Bibi are bat-shit crazy and won't stop until that happens. No way they back off on their own.

    • spyguy, you make some good points about Iran supplying 10% of China's energy. I think the neoconservatives also have China in their sights. What better way to limit China's growing power than to restrict their energy. The neocons want to break down the Shanghai Cooperation Organization by regime changing Iran and Putin in Russia. Victoria Nuland and Ukraine are just on the back burner for now. Ditto for Obama's pivot to Asia.

      Remember before the Iraq war one neoconservative saying "We're an EMPIRE now. We make our own reality." These people never go away.

    • THIS JUST IN:
      General Darth Cheney has been spotted in a secret location somewhere in Kuwait preparing Halliburton's mobile STRIKE FORCE for the invasion. The general can't see Russia from his location, but numerous Iranian oil fields are visible. He has sent a message to all patriotic Americans....

      "MEIN FUHRER, I CAN WALK!!!"

    • Invasion and regime change is the mad dog Republican answer to deep underground Iranian nuclear facilities. Long term occupation would help Iran's oil and natural gas flow to more friendly western countries. The neocon plan for Iraq's 112 billion barrels of oil reserves didn't pan out. This could be the round II.

      Has anybody seen Darth Cheney?

  • Israel's Netanyahu jumps Shark with “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen” axis barb
    • What will happen if there is no deal, Yemen heats up and Iran ramps up enrichment of uranium? Bibi and the Saudi ambassador will be at the head of the Republican Congo line running down Pennsylvania ave.

  • Lebanon's Shiite Hizbullah slams Saudi attack on Yemen
    • China, Russia and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization plus Iran vs. the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia which doesn't factor in what's happening in eastern Ukraine with Putin and NATO. The perfect storm is brewing in Yemen, Iran and Ukraine.

  • Ted Cruz Thinks Non-Christians Have Too Much Power
    • Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Rick Santorum in 2012 realized Evangelical voters play a big role in the early Republican primaries. In 2016, Ted Cruz is trying to expand on the strategy. Your video takes place in the Baptist megachurch in Irving, Texas---that's Dallas. 10,000 members... Big D is the center of the bible thumpin' movement of the whole country. The Texas primary is March 1, 2016...Cruz is no dummy. He plans to beat Jeb Bush in the heart of Bush country. If he doesn't win, a VP slot will work just fine. The Republicans need the Latino vote, especially Cubans in Florida.

    • The Young Turks are beyond smug. geez

      Cruz is courtin' the evangelical vote in Iowa and South Carolina. He wants to get head up with Jeb Bush and attack him over amnesty and common core. That's the only way Cruz thinks he can win the nomination.

  • Old GOP Realist James Baker's hard Ride among Neocons
    • If he wants Sheldon Adelson's $100 million , Jeb Bush would be foolish to agree with James Baker or even admit he knows him.

      "James Baker is just a family friend and MUCH closer to my dad. They're about the same age too....90."

  • What's Religion Got to do with it? German Co-Pilot as Terrorist
    • Commercial pilots are extensively tested so, for the most part, they are level headed and don't suffer from depression, mental and/or physical illness or drug and/or alcohol addiction etc. etc. etc. None of the above applies to non-commercial/government pilots. Other than those exceptions, many pilots are totally batshit crazy.

  • Washington's 2 Air Wars: alongside Iran in Iraq, Saudis in Yemen
    • p.s. You don't need a weatherman to know which way the Republican wind blows.

    • Lindsey Graham will be beside himself. This news isn't just "ironic in the extreme," it means the U.S. has allied with the Iranians trying to drive Daesh out of Tikrit. If Graham is on the Sunday morning talk shows perhaps a courageous reporter will ask him why didn't Iran just drop one of their NUCLEAR BOMBS on Tikrit instead of calling on U.S. airstrikes?

  • All the Wars and Coups of President Ted Cruz
    • Does Cruz speak in the tongues? These Republican thumpers are like the mutants worshipping the bomb in Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

    • JEB Bush was also born and raised down there. Texas politicians never got over losing at the Alamo AND the Civil War. That John Wayne movie made it even worse.

      I mean George is a carpetbagger with two yankee parents and Cruz is a Cuban from Canada with a Commie parent, but he did go to high school in Texas, sooo he's probably got the war fever too. It's a good thing Cruz is a 2%er. He'll drop out of the race after New Hampshire.

  • Even if they can Defeat ISIL/ Daesh, Can Iraqi Politicians Get together? The Surprising Answer
    • Iran is the new Republican bogeyman in Iraq. If Daesh is defeated in Tikrit, the new bad guys take the hit. If not, the Republicans point the finger of blame at Obama. So, no matter what happens in Tikrit, the Republicans are hoping for a win-win situation.

      Whether they are Sunni or Shia, the Republicans must ALWAYS have new BAD GUYS to fight.

  • Tom Friedman & funding ISIL: Israel/Iran Derangement Syndrome
    • Tom Friedman, Bibi Netanyahu and their neocon friends are the ones at the "Dead-End in the Middle East" because Obama's strategy to fight ISIS allowed Iran to come in and should help his nuclear deal become a reality and soon. I can understand how any neoconservative worth his weight in dog poop would be beside himself at this point.

      When the nuclear deal with Iran does go down I just hope Tom Friedman, Bibi Netanyahu, David Petraeus, Tom Cotton, Lindsey Graham and John McCain don't commit MASS SUICIDE.

      DON'T DRINK THE KOOL-AID FELLAS!!!

    • Measuring Iran's nuclear program could be simplified if their progress was put into different units of time.

      "Tom, in Friedman unit terms how close is Iran to making an ATOMIC BOMB???"

      "LESS THAN 2." :(

  • Mideast Reacts with Horror: "Israel has elected Extremism and Racism"
    • I think you're right. And John Boehner invited Bibi knowing what he would say because it's all part of their plan to deal with Iran and the Palestinians at the same time.

  • The Palestinian-Israelis' Selma Moment?
    • After hearing Tom Cotton's speech advocating U.S. "global military dominance," I think Netanyahu's victory will become part of the longer term plan in both countries.

  • Could a Netanyahu loss in Israeli Elections change Everything?
    • Instead of starting a war with Iran, Bibi was really giving his farewell address when he spoke to Congress and received all those standing ovations. It doesn't get any better.

  • Iran's Khamenei: GOP Letter Disgusting, shows Decline of American System
    • That's the real meaning of the 47 letter. If American politicians decide Iran's nuclear program needs a military solution that will be done. International law is for other countries, the little countries.

      Tom Cotton and the 47 spoke the truth.

    • Rather than show decline, Tom Cotton's letter indicates how far the Republicans will go to block a nuclear deal with Iran and start war instead. That' why I said it was "scary stuff."

    • Scary stuff. Not only does Tom Cotton have a Harvard Law degree, he also has a VERY impressive combat record in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cotton is well educated and had to know EXACTLY what he was doing when he sent that letter.

  • Ghosts of Saladin, Saddam & Khomeini: Tikrit Campaign's Historical Meaning
    • It will happen and probably before the end of the year. Without Mosul, their hold on 1/3 of the country will evaporate. Like Quax says, they are overstretched and starting to turn on themselves. Daesh is outgunned and outnumbered. Every Iraqi push will take more and more ground until Daesh breaks. It might happen suddenly.

      The politicians and the media play up each bad guy threat until the next one comes along.

    • What happens in Iraq after Daesh is defeated will be up to the Iraqis and only the Iraqis. For the U.S., defeating Daesh, especially with Iranian aid, will throw a big monkey wrench into Netanyahu's and the Republican plans for war. Obama's decision to bomb Daesh is working as well as could be expected. Mosul is next.

      Once Daesh is driven out of Iraq, basically they'll be trapped in eastern Syria with limited sources of revenue and realistically not much of a threat to anyone. Daesh will have their military capability degraded and end up being a 'lil pissant bunch of Sunni fanatics. Their European warriors will go home.

  • Bombing Iran: What would Happen if the Hawks got their Way?
    • The P5+1 group isn't much different than the E.U. to the neocons and diplomats like Victoria (Fuck the E.U.) Nuland. What happened in Ukraine is just a taste of what might happen in Iran.

      "We don't need no stinkin' badges" and we don't need no stinkin' laws. The war in Iraq proved that international laws are just for the little countries. The United States can start any war, anytime with anybody and nobody can do anything about it.

    • The neocons probably want to deal with the "crisis" in Ukraine before Iran. After all, Putin is not only challenging the neos coup, he has taken over a lot of territory. That's a hot conflict and the situation between Iran, Iraq and Daesh is complicated.

  • Iraq: 30,000 Sunnis flee as Shiite Militias, Army, approach Tikrit
    • June, 2014, right after Mosul fell to the ISIS bad guys.

      "The Iranians can provide some assets to make sure Baghdad doesn't fall. We need to coordinate with the Iranians." Sen. Lindsey Graham

      Last week..."The enemy of your enemy is your enemy." Bibi Netanyahu The all time flip-flop because it can be used against any group in the Middle East depending on the military situation at that particular time.

      Here's how that works: If ISIS reverses their numerous setbacks in Syria and Iraq AND begins another drive toward Baghdad, we would need to work with Iran to make sure Baghdad didn't fall just like Sen. Graham suggested last June. But once the ISIS drive on Baghdad peters out and the Shiites move toward Tikrit and Mosul, "FLIP-FLOP" Iran becomes the threat.

      It's the Middle East version of the ground hog movie.

    • John McCain and Lindsey Graham can't be too happy about this development. geez Neither can Bibi Netanyahu unless Iran goes overboard and drops one of their NUCLEAR BOMBS on Tikrit.

      "Do YOU Americans believe me NOW?" Your friend forever, Bibi.

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