The motivation behind this part of Obama’s speech seems to be to discourage anti-Islamic hatred in the United States. That motivation is laudable, but the execution in sloppy, and thus undermines itself. There’s no need to assert historical and theological absurdities in order to urge a mood of toleration among members of different religions here in the United States. [...]
Americans have spent much of 2014 in outrage at the way that Russian military forces have interfered in Ukraine’s civil war.
Now, Americans have sent their own military to Iraq to interfere in Iraq’s civil war.
What’s the difference?
Peter Baker in the New York Times writes, “If Mr. Putin ultimately decides to send [...]
President Obama announced last night that the United States of America will be taking part in the civil war in Iraq on the side of Shiite combatants. American involvement in the Iraqi civil war will begin with bombings of Sunni combatants.
The American military has been in Iraq since 1990 – that’s 24 years. In [...]
The 40 U.S. representatives who voted against this resolution were in essence voting to allow Barack Obama, or any future president, to send the American military off to fight in Iraq all over again – even if the American people are opposed. [...]
Just whose hands does the World Workers Party want on Iraq, Syria and Ukraine? Are they okay with Iranian hands being on Iraq? Will they accept Russian hands on Ukraine? What about Al Quaida hands on Syria? [...]
Yesterday on Capitol Hill, U.S. Representative James Himes gave an important speech in which he called for his colleagues to oppose a renewal of U.S. military involvement in civil war in Iraq. “Colleagues,” he said, “let us not expend one more dollar or one more life on military activity that is not in the clear [...]
Yesterday, I wrote about the vote by 44 congressional Democrats, including the chair of the Democratic National Committee, to stop efforts to block funding for new American military involvement in war in Iraq. These Democrats voted to support efforts to get the USA involved in yet another Iraqi war.
However, these Democrats weren’t the only [...]
Any effective Democratic Party strategy has to include a means of differentiating itself from the Republican Party. There are only two substantial political parties of any size in the USA, after all, and if citizens don’t believe that there is any serious difference between those two parties, voter turnout will drop to absurdly low levels.
Back in 2002, when Congress was debating giving George W. Bush expansive authorization to go to war in Iraq, one of the main concerns of skeptics was that the authorization could be used by the White House to engage in acts of war in the future that had only a tangential relation to the supposed [...]
Yesterday, as many members of Congress urged the Obama White House to bring the American military back into Iraq to get the USA involved in the Iraqi civil war, one member of the U.S. House of Representatives urged restraint, saying, “Today, we are less than 4 percent of the world’s population, and we have a [...]
I was struck when I passed by a new stand this morning and saw what was on the front cover of the Detroit Free Press. The headline read: Heartbroken U.S. Vets Watch In Dismay As Sacrifices In Iraq Unravel.
The implication was clear: American soldier The Iraq War in order to provide the [...]