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How overblown is the ISIS hype?

If you listened to nothing but certain news outlets and certain elected officials, you probably think you’re going to die soon. On Sunday morning talk shows, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R, I’m tough, really I am), made some pretty frightening statements about the threat of terrorists from the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, or whatever). We may […]

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Obama’s no-win choices on ISIS

Tonight President Obama will address the nation on what his administration plans to do about “degrading and ultimately destroying” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or Levant) or ISIS, ISIL, or just IS. Whatever you call it, Obama is faced with a messy situation that is only going to get worse. Strategically, militarily, and […]

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Bombing ISIS is not a video game

As usual, too many politicians, pundits, and some members of the American public have the attention span of fruit flies, with even less memory. How else to explain the drumbeat to “bomb ISIS to hell”? President Obama’s nuanced response to a complicated question about strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has been […]

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Why the push for more involvement in Iraq?

You would think that after 10 years of a war that was started for illegitimate reasons, Republicans would have learned their lessons not to rush into combat. You would think that the American people’s distaste for sending men and women of the U.S. military to a place where they can get killed, maimed, and mentally […]

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