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Iraq War III has now begun
Foreign Policy, by Michael Knights

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/14/2014 5:13:29 AM

Images emerging from Mosul, Iraq´s embattled northern city, present a familiar scene to fans of zombie movies. Burned-out military vehicles are clustered together on empty streets. At every intersection there is evidence of desperate last stands. Strewn uniforms lay abandoned outside gutted police stations. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled for their lives. Mosul is a ghost town where only looters and stray dogs hazard the streets. But this isn´t a zombie movie. It is Iraq´s second-largest city, the thriving political and economic capital of the country´s Sunni Arab community. In a matter of days between June 6 and 9,

      


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Iraq War III has now begun
Foreign Policy, by Michael Knights    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/14/2014 5:13:29 AM     Post Reply
Images emerging from Mosul, Iraq´s embattled northern city, present a familiar scene to fans of zombie movies. Burned-out military vehicles are clustered together on empty streets. At every intersection there is evidence of desperate last stands. Strewn uniforms lay abandoned outside gutted police stations. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled for their lives. Mosul is a ghost town where only looters and stray dogs hazard the streets. But this isn´t a zombie movie. It is Iraq´s second-largest city, the thriving political and economic capital of the country´s Sunni Arab community. In a matter of days between June 6 and 9,

   

 

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I’m a Democrat and I helped the
tea party unseat Eric Cantor
Washington Post, by Brian Umana    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/14/2014 5:05:56 AM     Post Reply
People are baffled today that Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, lost his job when he lost his GOP primary Tuesday night. A common refrain is, how could this have happened? (Sample headline: “Why Did Cantor Lose? Not Easy to Explain.”) The truth is that Cantor’s electoral demise did not occur overnight.(Snip)After Cantor’s 2010 victory, a group of anti-Cantor activists from both left and right met in person to discuss campaigning against the man who would soon be majority leader. We met several times over two weeks at coffee shops and pubs in strip malls throughout the Richmond suburbs.

Rand Paul, Marco Rubio
differ on Iraq action
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/14/2014 4:54:46 AM     Post Reply
Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, two Republican senators who may run for president, are offering sharply different reactions to developments in Iraq, with Rubio backing potential American airstrikes against al-Qaeda-inspired militants advancing in the country and Paul expressing concerns about involvement. The divergent approaches illustrate the ongoing rift in the GOP over America’s role abroad, and could foretell a major point of contention among Republicans vying for the GOP’s nod in 2016. The views come as the White House weighs what it will do next in Iraq, where the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a Sunni extremist group, has taken

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verdict on O.J. Simpson
Fox News, by Juan Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/14/2014 4:47:51 AM     Post Reply
Remember where you are at this moment. Twenty years after the fact, the real verdict on the O.J. Simpson murder trial is finally in. With a far more diverse population and polls showing blacks and whites reporting better race relations, the results are overwhelming: O.J. Simpson is guilty of murder. It wasn’t always this way. In 1995, 60 percent of black people said Simpson was innocent of charges that he killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, on June 12, 1994. Black people were so angry with racist cops then, they didn´t want to see anyone put on trial except the

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Associated Press, by Hamza Hendawi    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/14/2014 4:43:45 AM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD -- Hundreds of young Iraqi men flocked to volunteer centers across Baghdad Saturday to join the fight against Islamic militants who have advanced across the country´s north this week. They were responding to a call by Iraq´s most revered Shiite cleric for Iraqis to defend their country against the Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which seized Iraq´s second-largest city Mosul and Saddam Hussein´s hometown of Tikrit in a lightning advance. Fighters from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant made fresh gains on Friday, driving government forces at least temporarily from two towns in an ethnically

Three Crises
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/13/2014 5:40:34 AM     Post Reply
Islamic extremists are overrunning major cities in Iraq that U.S. forces liberated at the cost of American lives. Children from Central America are pouring illegally into America in numbers that far exceed our capacity to deal with them. Veterans are dying because they can’t get medical treatment. What do these developments have in common? No reasonable American can possibly think they are desirable. trivial, or unrelated to action (or inaction) by the Obama administration. This distinguishes them from, say, the Bergdahl deal. Although I have strongly criticized the deal, it is not beyond the bounds of reason to believe that the release

   

 

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Anatomy of a Hillary
Clinton book tour stop
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/13/2014 5:38:26 AM     Post Reply
It could easily be mistaken for preparations for a presidential campaign event. The sign were hung just so. An advance team has scouted out the location. Local police officers have been requested. Officials were weighing the all-important decisions about where to put all the TV cameras and how to manage the lines of eager well-wishers. All the presidential-style activity is for the next stop on the Hillary Clinton book tour for “Hard Choices.” At the sprawling Costco in Arlington, Va., store employees are preparing for her arrival Saturday to sign 1,000 books in two hours.

Texas military hospital to treat
Bergdahl has long history with POWs
Reuters, by Jim Forsyth    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/13/2014 5:24:42 AM     Post Reply
The sprawling San Antonio Military Medical Center where freed prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl will soon make his return to the United States is no stranger to healing the mental wounds of those who have gone through traumatic experiences abroad. Bergdahl, a U.S. Army sergeant held five years by the Taliban before being freed on May 31, has left a U.S. military hospital in Germany en route to San Antonio, where he will arrive on Friday for further treatment, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday. The initial elation that greeted news of Bergdahl´s release from captivity has been tempered after

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Families to Get $50,000 Each
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/13/2014 5:09:34 AM     Post Reply
Families of the people on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are being paid $50,000 a person from the airline´s insurers as interim compensation, a Malaysian official said. Some of the families have already received the money, said Hamzah Zainuddin, deputy minister for foreign affairs, who is the head of a Malaysian government-appointed committee to oversee the needs of the next of kin of the 239 people on Flight 370. The final payment hasn´t been decided, and it could be the subject of a legal battle between the families, the airline and Boeing, the aircraft manufacturer, according to some experts.

Eric Cantor’s Defeat
Is Also Netanyahu’s
American Conservative, by Scott McConnell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/13/2014 4:49:15 AM     Post Reply
Of course it isn’t yet clear what Eric Cantor’s stunning and decisive defeat at the hands of an unknown challenger with one twentieth the campaign funds means for direction the House GOP. On domestic issues, including immigration, Cantor has been a chameleon—an establishment figure, a reformer, a “young gun,” a Tea Party insurgent with legislative tactician skills, a supporter of immigration reform (aka amnesty), and then a professed opponent of the same immigration reform. (I should note there was a time, in the 1990s, when immigration “reform” meant tightening the borders and tinkering with the legal immigration system so it

Their 9/11 Role
Weekly Standard, by Thomas Joscelyn    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/13/2014 4:30:41 AM     Post Reply
One of the five senior Taliban leaders transferred to Qatar in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl played a key role in al Qaeda’s plans leading up to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Mohammad Fazl, who served as the Taliban’s army chief of staff and deputy defense minister prior to his detention at Guantánamo, did not have a hand in planning the actual 9/11 hijackings. Along with a notorious al Qaeda leader, however, Fazl did help coordinate a military offensive against the enemies of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan the day before. And Osama bin Laden viewed that

   

 



 
Was The Iraq War
A Complete Waste?
The Federalist, by David Harsanyi    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/13/2014 4:28:03 AM     Post Reply
Let’s just say that the Iraq army isn’t exactly anchoring a democratic awakening in Middle East. Earlier this week, Iraq’s armed forces in Mosul – trained and supplied by United States to secure the wellbeing of its people and institutions – reportedly dropped their guns, shed their uniforms, and surrendered to black-flag waving Sunni insurgents in a mere four days. No Thermopylae here. And around a half a million civilians have left the second largest city in Iraq to flee what is surely going to become a hotbed of beheadings and other assorted acts of Jihad. And now, according to CNN,



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