8:43 AM, Mar 25, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
As Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post is reporting, after a hasty departure from Yemen:
The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.
While we are arming the enemy, the Iraqi government is supplying cash. As Damian Paletta and Adam Entous report in the Wall Street Journal:
Islamic State militants are skimming tens of millions of dollars a month from salaries paid to Iraqi government employees in occupied areas such as Mosul, and Baghdad continues to send the cash to maintain local support. The group is using the money to fund operations, U.S. officials say, underlining the delicate balancing act U.S. and Iraqi governments face in what they know is a hearts-and-minds campaign against Islamic State ahead of a military operation to retake Mosul, for which U.S. officials are training Iraqi troops.
According to one study, the:
… Islamic State’s practice of seizing a portion of government employee salaries in areas it controls could bring in hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars annually.
The lessons from Tikrit.Mar 23, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 27 • By GARY SCHMITT
What does the likely victory of Iraqi forces retaking Tikrit from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria tell us about the current U.S. military strategy in Iraq?
Mar 16, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 26 • By TERRY EASTLAND
President Obama wants explicit legislative authorization to use military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The administration has sent a draft of an AUMF to Congress, which has begun hearings that could last a while.
Did Marie Harf have a point?2:54 PM, Mar 4, 2015 • By TIM KANE
Can you kill your way to victory? Yes, if you are engaged in a hot war against a conventional enemy. Yes, too, if you face homicidal extremists. Killing them may be the only option. Indeed, death is the essential dimension of warfare.
10:00 AM, Mar 3, 2015 • By DEREK HARVEY
The Obama Administration’s defacto anti-ISIS partnership with Tehran is helping Iran’s Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimeni and Ayatollah Khamenei “Finlandize” Iraq. Not only does this damage U.S. interests in sustaining an independent and sovereign Iraq, but the Obama Administration’s apparent acquiescence to Iran’s regional hegemonic ambitions undermines U.S.
Raises money off the Republican from Wisconsin.2:31 PM, Feb 28, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Democratic National Committee is already asking its supporters to "Stop Scott Walker." That's the subject of an email sent along this afternoon to supporters.
And here's the body of the email message
The call to action is in reference to remarks Walker made at the Conversative Political Action Conference days ago outside Washington, D.C.
It won’t be easy. Mar 9, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 25 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
In late 2001, when initial military operations in Afghanistan produced surprising successes, the opening skit on Saturday Night Live was a send-up of the daily press conference given by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Actor Darrell Hammond made a perfect Rummy, complete with rimless spectacles and prune-face squint. But the real target of the sketch was the inanity of the media.
“Mr. Secretary, do you plan to halt bombing during Ramadan?”
Lindsey Graham offers Republican voters regime change.2:22 PM, Feb 24, 2015 • By RICH DANKER
Lindsey Graham is no one’s idea of a hot presidential candidate. Pulling in 1 percent support in the mid-February CNN/ORC International poll of prospective Republican nominees, he’s at the very bottom, alongside Carly Fiorina and Bobby Jindal.
A model for the Islamic world.12:31 PM, Feb 24, 2015 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Muslim political and religious leaders in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which is partitioned between a “Republic of Serbs” and a “Muslim-Croat Federation,” have taken firm measures to stop agitation and recruitment for ISIS.
There's a precedent for it.1:10 PM, Feb 23, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Someone in the Pentagon, speaking on background (which is a pretty crowded place, these days) has let the world, and our enemies, know when and where the offensive is coming.
There’s no way Iran will ever help fight al Qaeda. Mar 2, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 24 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Not long after his inauguration in January 2009, President Barack Obama penned a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran. As a presidential candidate, Obama had promised to conduct “tough, direct diplomacy” with the Iranians. And Obama figured, correctly, that all diplomatic entreaties would end up on Khamenei’s desk. So, the newly elected president decided to write Iran’s ultimate decision-maker directly. And he has written several letters since.