August 21, 2014
The cold-blooded decapitation of an American reporter by a jihadist with a British accent has galvanized the West this week into increasing support in the fight against the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Iraqi’s Kurdish forces are the immediate target for Western military aid, but the spread of ISIS brutality and influence is likely to lead to greater international involvement, particularly through multilateral alliances such as NATO.
Beheading of Journalist Spurs Western Action Against ISIS
US President Barack Obama makes a statement about the execution of American journalist James Foley by ISIS terrorists in Iraq during a press briefing at the press filing center at the Edgartown School in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on Aug. 20. (Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)
Ukraine Sought US Aid Against Russian Rockets, Got Socks
August 1, 2014
When the Obama administration refused Ukraine’s request for radar-jamming technology in July, the White House once again took a military option off the table just when it could have helped Ukraine turn the tide in the war against pro-Russian rebels.
US Diplomacy Disrupted Consensus Against Isolated Hamas
August 1, 2014
The cease-fire agreement cooked up by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in consultation with two of Israel’s worst enemies in the Middle East, Turkey and Qatar, was predictably turned down flat by the Israelis, who are proceeding with military operations in the Gaza Strip to destroy Hamas’ terrorist tunnels and degrade its other military infrastructure.
Showdown in Aruba: US Drops Ball in Keystone Cops Affair
July 31, 2014
A former Venezuelan spymaster was arrested in Aruba last week on a U.S. warrant that accused him of aiding drug smuggling from Colombia through Venezuela and into the United States. But four days later Hugo Carvajal, a retired general, was released and returned to Venezuela to a hero’s welcome.
Gaza Conflict Fuels Anti-Semitism Sweeping Europe
July 31, 2014
Israel’s response to rocket fire from Gaza threatens to intensify anti-Semitism consuming Europe. Jews throughout the continent are targets for hatred from a rainbow coalition of extremists: far right neo-Nazis, far left anti-Zionists and radical Muslims. They are united in their frenzied protests against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.
Taking a Risk, US Ally Philippines Stands Up to China
July 30, 2014
The Philippines, a steadfast U.S. ally in East Asia, has taken a major role in confronting Chinese ambitions in the South China Sea. Manila has gone on a military spending spree and called for regional unity against Beijing, boosting American efforts to pull off its long-discussed “pivot” toward Asia.
Japan’s Plutonium Stockpile Stokes Regional Concerns
July 30, 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to revise his nation’s long-standing self-defense policy, but even more alarming to leading foe China is Japan’s insistence on maintaining enough plutonium to produce thousands of nuclear bombs.
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