This week, the U.S. Congress ought to be voting on whether to authorize Barack Obama’s new war against the Islamic State. However, members of the U.S. House and Senate are in a rush to leave Washington D.C., so that they can gather money for their re-election campaigns, so no such vote will take place. What […]
What’s the easiest way to get American soldiers to Iraq?
Lie to the American people.
That’s what happened the last time American soldiers were sent to fight in a war in Iraq. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney wanted a war, so they told the American people that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass […]
Back in May, U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert, who is generally known as one of the most incoherent, ideologically extremist right wingers in the U.S. House of Representatives, swerved into the territory of the sane, and actually made sense when he expressed concern that the supposed reform of federal government surveillance activities contained loopholes that would […]
“We are at war with ISIL.”
This declaration was made at the end of last week by the top spokesman for President Barack Obama, Press Secretary Josh Earnest, and was repeated by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
They are powerful people, who speak for the President of the United States, but who are they to declare […]
I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in the reality of gods, literally or metaphorically. Nonetheless, I find religions interesting in the way that they play with ideas, and am interested exploring the ideas that the gods proposed by religious groups represent.
My starting point in these explorations is the understanding that not all gods are […]
So far, Congress has introduced a resolution for National Preparedness Month in time for people to prepare only once. All the other times, Congress was unready. As of today, September 7, no congressional resolution for 2014 recognizing September as National Preparedness Month has yet been introduced at all. […]
When George W. Bush responded to Iraqi rebel leaders who were attacking American soldiers by telling them to, “Bring ’em on”, it was a sign that Bush’s war in Iraq had swerved into reckless aggression without a plan.
Today, the American have been given another ssign, this time that the Obama Administration is taking our […]
The re-escalation of American military involvement continues, as Barack Obama has announced that 350 more American soldiers will be sent to Iraq. Their mission is to protect Americans already in Iraq. Of course, these soldiers provide Iraqis angry about the long American military occupation of their country with 350 more targets to aim for. Any […]
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 […]