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Syrian death toll and extremist threat
increases, but the U.S. does little

Washington Post, by Editorial

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 7/22/2014 10:07:58 PM

THE FIGHTING in Gaza has served to obscure developments in another Middle East war that is far bloodier and more important to U.S. interests. In the last week, more than 700 fatalities have been reported in a single battle in Syria, as government troops have tried to retake a gas field seized by the Islamic State, the al-Qaeda entity that now controls much of eastern Syria and western Iraq. Fighting is also raging between regime and moderate rebel forces in the city of Aleppo and between the rebels and the Islamists in the suburbs of Damascus. Among the stakes for

      


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Syrian death toll and extremist threat
increases, but the U.S. does little
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/22/2014 10:07:58 PM     Post Reply
THE FIGHTING in Gaza has served to obscure developments in another Middle East war that is far bloodier and more important to U.S. interests. In the last week, more than 700 fatalities have been reported in a single battle in Syria, as government troops have tried to retake a gas field seized by the Islamic State, the al-Qaeda entity that now controls much of eastern Syria and western Iraq. Fighting is also raging between regime and moderate rebel forces in the city of Aleppo and between the rebels and the Islamists in the suburbs of Damascus. Among the stakes for

   

 

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Seeking redemption in 2016, Rick Perry
finds power in immigration standoff
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/22/2014 10:05:56 PM     Post Reply
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — He came here for redemption. At the Clear Lake Evangelical Free Church, Rick Perry held his arms across his torso and swayed as the choir sang during the Sunday morning service. He bowed his head while the pastor preached about “God’s perfect plan of salvation.” Three years ago, the Texas governor blazed a trail across Iowa to become the instant Republican presidential front-runner. Perry had a solid record and signature bravado. (At the Iowa State Fair, he blew a kiss to the cameras and mockingly said of rival Mitt Romney, “Give him my love.”) But after

Obama´s Islamist Spring Leads to
Christian Winter in the Middle East
Breitbart National Security, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/22/2014 6:24:51 PM     Post Reply
While the world’s attention is focused on Hamas’ targeting of Jewish civilians in Israel, Jews are not the only religious minority in the Middle East under fire. The Obama administration’s decisions to pull troops out of Iraq, support Islamists in Syria, back the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, protect the Iranian regime, and back terrorist opposition in Libya have led to the destruction of Christian communities throughout the region. Christians have come under the heaviest hand in the Middle East in generations thanks to the weakness of the United States. And it is worthwhile remembering that the presence of Christians in

FAA Empowers Hamas, Sets Stage
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PJ Media, by Susan L.M. Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/22/2014 6:14:48 PM     Post Reply
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It’s virtually impossible to be
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Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/21/2014 10:50:38 PM     Post Reply
Being president is the most powerful job in the world. At which you will almost certainly fail. Why? For lots of reasons up to and including: * The decline of the bully pulpit as a persuasion mechanism * The deep partisanship present not only in Congress but also in the electorate more broadly * The splintering of the mainstream media/the rise of social media. Consider the last three presidents -- two Democrats, one Republican -- who have had to deal with those three factors in varying degrees. (Can you imagine what Bill Clinton´s presidency would have been like if Twitter

U.S. scrambles as violence escalates
in Israel-Hamas conflict
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/21/2014 10:26:20 PM     Post Reply
With diplomats from Middle Eastern states and several outside powers scrambling to stem the spiraling Israeli-Palestinian crisis on Monday, President Obama called for a cease-fire and cited “serious concerns” about the rising toll of dead on both sides. The Obama administration also dispatched to the region Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who arrived in Egypt late Monday to try to mediate calm between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. But the violence continued to surge Monday night, with the top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaling that the Islamist group, whose charter calls killing every Jew a

   

 

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Has Congress gotten so
pathetic that even the protesters
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Fifteen minutes after the rally’s scheduled start and here’s what we have outside the Russell Senate Office Building: one pink fedora, one pink sun hat and a half-dozen pink T-shirts. Three Capitol Police officers ascend the marble staircase to have a word with Medea Benjamin, the head of Code Pink, an antiwar protest group that has come to publicly demand that Congress send no money to Egypt. “I haven’t seen you guys in a long time,” Officer Patrick Gray says, giving Benjamin a bearhug. “Man, you guys used to be feistier. I remember when there used to be like 200

A fight for Israel’s existence
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Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/21/2014 10:19:52 PM     Post Reply
srael fought its first war, in 1948, against five Arab nations — Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan — as well as the Palestinians. In the prediction of the fairly new CIA, the outcome was never in doubt: “Without substantial outside aid in terms of manpower and material, they [the Jews] will be able to hold out no longer than two years.” It has now been 66 years, but I fear that sooner or later, the CIA’s conclusion could turn out to be right. It does not seem that way at the moment. The five Arab armies of 1948 are

Hamas, Israel signal
unwillingness to compromise
Washington Post, by William Booth*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/21/2014 10:16:15 PM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY — The Islamist militant organization Hamas said Monday that it would not agree to a cease-fire with Israel until its demands were met, as Israel warned that its incursion into the Gaza Strip could continue for days or even weeks. The stark assessments offered little hope for quick progress toward ending a 14-day-old conflict that has inflicted heavy costs on each side. Seven more Israeli soldiers were killed in fierce fighting Monday, bringing the Israeli military toll to 25 dead, more than twice as many as in Israel’s last Gaza ground incursion in 2009 and the highest toll

Secretary Kerry’s Hot-Mic Israel
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National Review Online, by David French    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/21/2014 10:13:07 PM     Post Reply
When Secretary of State Kerry criticized Israel’s military operations in Gaza by calling them a “hell of a pinpoint operation,” he not only validated Hamas’s human-shield strategy, he handed Hamas a key propaganda victory. And he had no excuse for doing so. Unlike the vast majority of Americans — including a vast majority of Americans in “public service” — Secretary Kerry has actual combat experience. He’s fully aware of the enormous destructive capability of a modern military, and he’s thus fully aware of what a truly unrestrained Israeli military operation would look like. Further, as a senior leader in the

White House warned about
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Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/20/2014 11:06:55 PM     Post Reply
Acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson assured Congress last week that the VA is working hard to replace its “antiquated” scheduling system, but the Obama administration first received clear notice more than five years ago about the need for an overhaul to reduce patient wait times. “Excessive wait times are addressed by moving to a resource-based management system,” Veterans Affairs technology officials told the Obama-Biden transition team in a briefing report that included mention of VA’s “schedule replacement” project. The Washington Times obtained the report through the Freedom of Information Act. More than five years later, VA officials are hard

   

 

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Israel intensifies Gaza ground assault
on conflict’s deadliest day yet
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/20/2014 11:03:07 PM     Post Reply
Israeli forces on Sunday escalated their ground operations in Gaza City, leading to the deadliest day in the nearly two-week conflict between Israel and Hamas-backed forces amid calls by top U.S. and Israeli officials for a cease-fire. The Israeli military reported that 13 soldiers were killed early Sunday, and Palestinian authorities reported that at least 65 Palestinians were killed as air and tank fire pummeled the city for hours. More than 420 Palestinians, as well as at least 20 Israelis, have been killed since fighting began July 8. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Hamas, which wants Israel and



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