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In Secret, Obama Extends U.S. Role in Afghan Combat

Amazing Story.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/22/us/politics/in-secret-obama-extends-us-role-in-afghan-combat.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

President Obama signed a secret order in recent weeks authorizing a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year.

Mr. Obama’s order allows American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the decision. The new authorization also allows American jets, bombers and drones to support Afghan troops on combat missions.


So we will be doing combat missions in Afghanistan.

Iraq has asked for help in defeating the ISIS. What should be President Obama's response?

Iraq has asked for help. ( http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/world/obama-voices-concern-over-militant-advance-in-iraq.html?hp&_r=0 ). How should the President respond?

My answer would be to help. I would use US air-power, special operations forces, and military training and weapons. ISIS is a legitimate threat to the region and US interests. Just because there is a past in which we should not have acted does not mean that the answer to every question is the same.

Nate Silver: GOP favored to win Senate

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/fivethirtyeight-senate-forecast/

Russia Massing Military Forces Near Border With Ukraine

Russia Massing Military Forces Near Border With Ukraine:

http://nyti.ms/1kmhzE7

Looks like a full scale war could start shortly.

Bernie Sanders would give the White House to Any Republican, including Ted Cruz

Stop living in a fantasy world. Despite what multiple threads say, he has no chance. Being a socialist is a political slur for the vast majority of Americans. Running someone that says they are a socialist and have far left views will give the White House to the GOP. He would be the only way Ted Cruz makes it into the White House.

Russia Versus US: Who is the better/worse/more just nation?

Simple, yet complex question. Comparing Russia and the US, which nation acts more justly both internationally and domestically?

U.S. Special Forces Sent to Train Iraqi Special Forces in Jordan

Source: New York TImes

The United States recently sent a small number of special forces soldiers to Jordan to train with counterparts from Iraq and Jordan, a new step in the Obama administration's effort to help Baghdad stamp out a resurgent al Qaeda threat, a U.S. defense official said on Friday.

The U.S. contingent was dispatched to take part in a training exchange with counterterrorism forces from Iraq and Jordan, allowing the administration to provide a modest new measure of support to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

"The training will bolster skills in counterterrorism and special operations tactics, techniques and procedures," a U.S. defense official said on condition of anonymity.

The training, which includes less than 100 elite soldiers from the three countries, began last weekend. It will continue through the end of April, although the Iraqi soldiers will only take part through the end of this month, the official said.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2014/03/07/world/middleeast/07reuters-usa-iraq.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

Russia sent in busloads of “protest tourists”

This is absurd. Have they not heard of this thing called the internet. This sort of stuff gets out nowadays.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/world/europe/russias-hand-can-be-seen-in-the-protests.html

It is clear that in this part of Ukraine, many ethnic Russians distrust the fledgling government, and some would indeed welcome Russian troops. But the events unfolding in major Ukrainian cities in recent days appear to match a pattern played by the Kremlin in Crimea, where pro-Moscow forces paving the way for Russia to seize control were neither altogether spontaneous, nor entirely local.

WP: President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy

Very good read by the editorial board of the Washington Post.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/opinions/president-obamas-foreign-policy-is-based-on-fantasy/2014/03/02/c7854436-a238-11e3-a5fa-55f0c77bf39c_story.html

But it’s also true that, as long as some leaders play by what Mr. Kerry dismisses as 19th-century rules, the United States can’t pretend that the only game is in another arena altogether. Military strength, trustworthiness as an ally, staying power in difficult corners of the world such as Afghanistan — these still matter, much as we might wish they did not. While the United States has been retrenching, the tide of democracy in the world, which once seemed inexorable, has been receding. In the long run, that’s harmful to U.S. national security, too.

As Mr. Putin ponders whether to advance further — into eastern Ukraine, say — he will measure the seriousness of U.S. and allied actions, not their statements. China, pondering its next steps in the East China Sea, will do the same. Sadly, that’s the nature of the century we’re living in.

Not deterring Russia will have the same effect as not deterring Germany in Czechoslovakia in 1938

There are Russian ethnic groups throughout the old Soviet Union. If Putin is allowed to annex the eastern Ukraine and perhaps the whole state, it will have the same effect as it did for Hitler in 1938. Aggression will be rewarded. There is no political will to stop it. This will continue. Putin has said that the USSR dissolving is one of the biggest mistakes in history. Unless he is deterred here by some means, he may continue to try to make the map look like this:

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