It's becoming increasingly clear that President Obama has no intention to actually "destroy" the Islamic State. Even his much-vaunted air war represents a mere shadow of American military capabilities. Here's Max Boot in a must-read post over at Commentary, comparing the air effort in Iraq and Syria to the opening phase of the bombing campaign against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan:
RAND's Benjamin Lambeth summed up the Afghan air campaign as follows: "[D]uring the 75 days of bombing between October 7, when Enduring Freedom began, and December 23, when the first phase of the war ended after the collapse of the Taliban, some 6,500 strike sorties were flown by CENTCOM forces altogether, out of which approximately 17,500 munitions were dropped on more than 120 fixes targets, 400 vehicles and artillery pieces, and a profusion of concentrations of Taliban and al Qaeda combatants."
Now compare with the statistics on the current U.S. aerial bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. According to Central Command, in the 59 days between August 8, when the campaign started, and October 6, the U.S. has conducted 360 strikes utilizing 955 munitions. more >>
Even in their darkest hour, Democrats can still count on one group to support them; Hollywood. The land of make believe is filled with hopelessly liberal fools who continue to give major donations to Democrat Party leaders. In recent days, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama have benefited from lavish Hollywood fundraisers.
Last night, Barack Obama was celebrated at an extravagant fundraiser hosted by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, a far left wing activist. The event featured some of the biggest names in Hollywood, such as actress Julia Roberts. Tickets cost as much as $15,000 each with the funds benefitting the Democratic National Committee.
When introducing Obama, Paltrow gushed, "I am one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest." After a series of inane comments, the Obama super fan uttered her most idiotic statement; "It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power he needs to pass the things he needs to pass." more >>
WASHINGTON – As the communist Chinese government boasts that it has "prevented" more than 400 million lives through forced abortions as a part of its one child per family policy, Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, claims that not only has the Obama administration "turned a blind eye" to China's human rights abuses against women, but has also provided millions in funding to an organization that supports the policy.
Since the Chinese national government implemented its one child law in 1979 that prevents families from having more than one baby, there have been a reported 13 million forced abortions per year, with 35,000 per day and 1,485 per hour. To put things in perspective, New York City, the largest city in the United States, has a population of 8.4 million people. Since 1971, there have been 336 million abortions performed and 195 million sterilizations.
"I respectfully submit that not only is the Obama administration turning a blind eye to the atrocities being committed under the one-child policy, but is even contributing financial support, contrary to U.S. law, to the United Nations Population Fund," Smith told attendees of Thursday's Heritage Foundation discussion on the policy. more >>
The Catholic Church remains opposed to the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate that was modified in August.
In comments submitted to the HHS, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that the mandate remains a threat to the religious freedom of numerous faith-based organizations.
Anthony Picarello, USCCB general counsel, and Michael Moses, associate general counsel, submitted the comments to the HHS on Wednesday. more >>
Five major U.S. airports are set to start examining passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea for Ebola by taking their temperatures and asking them questions. The U.S. is on high alert following the first death from the outbreak on its soil, though travel to West Africa has not been banned.
Airports that will start using the Ebola measures in the next few days include O'Hare in Chicago, JFK and Newark in the New York area, Washington's Dulles, and Atlanta's airport, BBC News reported on Thursday.
Thomas Eric Duncan who traveled to Dallas from Liberia became the first person reported to have died from the disease on Wednesday. He apparently caught Ebola while on a trip to Liberia, before returning to the U.S. and being treated unsuccessfully at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. more >>
A retired American professor and author has said that terror group ISIS cannot be defeated by airstrikes alone, and that Christians in Syria are facing genocide if Sunni groups take over. William Relf, who has a PhD in international relations, shared his views on a number of complex ethical, political and strategic dilemmas facing U.S. forces in the Middle East.
Relf, who has taught strategy, international management, and entrepreneurship at institutions such as California State University, the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, has led a business seminar in Iran, and authored novels such as The Iranian Connection.
Speaking with The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday, Relf offered his thoughts on President Barack Obama's strategy of hitting ISIS targets throughout Iraq and Syria with airstrikes, but without committing any official ground troops. He said that an air strategy alone cannot be enough to stop the Islamic militants. more >>