As We Go to War, Congress Goes Home

By: Friday September 19, 2014 7:42 am

As President Obama gets the nation involved in a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy war in Syria, Congress is leaving the capital for the next two months to campaign for re-election to the job they refuse to do. They left without actually voting on a declaration of war as is required by the Constitution. The [...]

We Are Arming All Sides

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 1:12 pm

UPDATE: Obama Delivers Statement on Continuing Resolution Audio link Before sending more weapons to so-called “moderate” rebel groups in Syria, let’s just take a moment to consider the pernicious arms cycle we perpetuate. Previously, we armed rebels in Libya. That helped overthrow the dictator there but also destabilized the country. As a result of the [...]

Call Congress: Oppose the Syria War Amendment

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 11:10 am

The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on an amendment to give President Obama power to arm Syrian rebels as part of his military plan to fight ISIS. The president has already ordered airstrikes using his supposed authority under the 9/11 and Iraq War resolutions. That means this vote may be anti-war activists’ [...]

Because Libya Worked Out So Well….

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 7:42 am

The more we learn about President Obama’s strategy for Syria the more it sounds almost exactly like his previous war plan in Libya. The basic idea is to use a combination of heavy airstrikes, limited assets on the ground, training/arming/aiding “moderate” rebels with the help of other countries in the Middle East, and working against [...]

Small Majority Backs Obama’s Plan Against ISIS for Now

By: Monday September 15, 2014 11:11 am

For the moment President Obama enjoys majority support for his plan to go after ISIS. According to a new Pew Research poll, 53 percent approve of his plan for a military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria while 29 percent disapprove and another 19 percent are undecided. The problem for Obama is that [...]

Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Think Obama Needs a Vote Before Starting a War in Syria Either

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 11:15 am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sided with President Obama’s incredible claim that he legal authority to start wars on his own. At a press conference on Thursday, Pelosi stated she doesn’t believe Congress needs to vote before the President can start what is effectively a multi-year military operation designed to change the regime in [...]

Obama Relegates Congress to Merely Providing Him With Good PR

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 7:42 am

By far the most depressing part of President Obama’s prime time speech about Syria was when this ‘constitutional scholar’ relegated one of most important checks and balances in our entire political system to simply the job of improving public relations. Obama plans to launch a multi-year “comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy” war in Syria and he [...]

Our New Euphemism for War Is: “Comprehensive and Sustained Counterterrorism Strategy”

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 7:08 am

President Obama didn’t actually make much news during his prime time speech last night. Most of the policies were reported well in advance of Obama taking the stage. When it comes to such a big decision where so many individuals are consulted, Washington D.C. leaks like a sieve. As a result most of the news [...]

Americans More Likely to Be Killed in a Car Crash, Drowning or Accidentally Suffocating than from Terrorism

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 12:02 pm

By far the most depressing poll of the day comes from Pew Research. It found recent news about Syria has caused many Americans to become dramatically more fearful about Islamic extremism and terrorism. The number of people who give the government a positive rating when it comes to reducing the threat of terrorism went from [...]

Obama Says the Objective Is to “Degrade and Destroy ISIL,” Labels Them a Threat to the US

By: Wednesday September 3, 2014 7:43 am

It continues to sound like President Obama is moving towards getting the US directly involved in the war in Syria as he ups his rhetoric around ISIL. At a press conference in Estonia Obama promise to take the fight to the terrorists after the killing of two journalists saying “whatever these murderers think they’ll achieve [...]