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Cart well in front of horse

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Over a decade ago, a president made the case for a military incursion in the Middle East to destroy a regime. He put his proposal before Congress and obtained an Authorization to Use Military Force, getting overwhelming approval. He went to the UN Security Council and was rebuffed.

Britain's Muslim problem

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Britain has had a problem with radicalized Muslims, and it continues to this day.

Invasion open thread

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Putin is doing it, using his proxy pro-Russian rebel army along with those Russian soldiers who "accidentally" wind up in Ukraine.

No U.S. ground troops?

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Despite pledging that he would commit no U.S. troops in Iraq, this president is committing U.S. military ground forces in Iraq and Syria.

Example one, the failed attempt to rescue American hostages held by the Islamic State. And if this report is true, Obama dithered for a month before making this time-sensitive decision.

Little coherence

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While our news media has focused its attention this past week on racial strife in middle America and a journalist whose head was removed from his neck, Vladimir Putin is once again violating the sovereign territory of one of his neighbors.

Ferguson, MO

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Emotions are running high about the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer. The New Republic asks, "What the Heck is Happening in Ferguson?"

Obama is Losing this War Against Militant Islamism

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Rand Corporation concluded that, as of last March, the number of militant Islamists doubled from 2010 through 2013, among other things.

The Bird Dog Doctrine

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Preamble: Recognizing that there is a war being waged by various groups of militant Islamists on multiple fronts, the U.S. has a role in trying to marginalize those groups to the point of insignificance.

Therefore, the Bird Dog Doctrine is articulated as follows:

1. This is as much an information war as a hot war. The U.S. should utilize its resources to assist the Ummah and theological community in discrediting this ideology. This assumes that the Ummah and theological community are willing to do so.

New, bright and shiny open thread

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Obamacare setback. The DC Circuit Court ruled that Obamacare tax credit subsidies are only applicable to the sixteen state exchanges, and it hinged on the interpretation of this phrase: "an Exchange established by the State." Adler:

Then what?

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Ukraine. I predict that Putin will continue to lie and blame-shift. The following paragraphs do not confirm that the blood of 298 innocent civilians (including one American) is on Putin's hands, but the circumstantial evidence is compelling.

Instability round-up [Update: Malaysian Airlines jet shot down over Ukraine]

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Iraq. The Iraqi parliament chose a "moderate" Sunni as speaker, but the problem is that al Maliki is still prime minister, though he might be one step closer to losing his job. Whoop de do.

Syriaq round-up

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Nonsensical rationale for sending 300 special forces. At his press conference a week ago, Obama said:

Meanwhile, the United States will not pursue military actions that support one sect inside of Iraq at the expense of another.

Summer solstice open thread

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Summer solstice begins tomorrow at 3:58AM PST. In my neck of the woods, sunrise is at 5:12am and sunset is 9:14pm, getting light around 4:30am and getting dark by around 10:00pm. I love this time of year.

More on that Iraq-Syria problem

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The red-headed general is back. To get an idea of how badly al Maliki has alienated everyone who isn't Shiite, even Sufis have joined ISIS.

Some observations on this Middle East meltdown

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Here is just one reason why Obama's complete cut-and-run of US combat forces was a major mistake.

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