Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney slammed President Barack Obama on Sunday for not taking any action after receiving intelligence regarding the rise ISIS in Syria over a year ago.
Romney told John Catsimatidis on his radio show on WNYM in New York, called The Cats Roundtable, that had Obama acted upon intelligence reports that highlighted a strong presence of varying jihadist rebel terrorist groups' efforts in Syria, it could have prevented groups like ISIS from seizing cities in Iraq, a country the United States fought to liberate for over a decade.
"Those mistakes were made and now we have ISIS. Almost a year ago, American intelligence sources told the president that there was a group forming called ISIS … and there was significant chance that they would go into Iraq and invade a city there," Romney said. "The president failed to take action. He watched. We saw ISIS roll into Iraq. Instead of attacking them immediately and not knocking them in their convoy, when it would have been easy to knock down, the president again watched. Now we are in a position where ISIS has run throughout major portions of Iraq. There have been horrific human rights abuses, tragedies including those upon American journalists. Now we are in a difficult position." more >>
United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has told western powers that there can be no military solution to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and urged continued political dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"I know the European Union, the Americans and most of the western countries are discussing very seriously among themselves how to handle this matter," Ban told journalists Tuesday during a visit to New Zealand, Agence France-Presse reported.
"What is important at this time is that they should know there is no military solution in this. There should be a political dialogue for a political solution, that is the more sustainable way," he added. more >>
The United States military carried out air strikes against the Al-Shabaab jihadist group in Somalia Monday, but did not immediately provide a reason for the operation.
"We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said, according to CNN.
The governor of Somalia's Lower Shabelle region confirmed that a drone strike hit a village between the towns of Dhaab Tubaako and Haaway which had been captured by Islamic militants. more >>
Is there such a thing as a just war? Can the massive death and destruction of armed conflict ever be morally justified by followers of the Prince of Peace?
For the first disciples of Christ the answer was a resounding "No!"
During the first 300 years of Christianity it was unthinkable for followers of the nonviolent Jesus to kill a human being. They took most seriously Jesus' command: "But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other as well. … Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword." more >>
Pope Francis has reached out to an Iraqi priest helping refugees who are fleeing terror group ISIS and are said to be in a "miserable" situation, telling the priest that he is always with him in prayer.
"'I read your letter,' said the Pope. He said he was very sorry for everything that was happening to us and he said, 'Know that I am with you in prayer always. I never forget you,'" Fr. Behnam Benoka told CNA on Sunday, recalling the pontiff's phone call.
Benoka had written to the pope to tell him of the dire situation thousands of refugees, including many Christians, face in Iraq as they continue fleeing violence from ISIS. more >>
American soldiers are "bringing the war home": 22 veterans and one active duty soldier are said to commit suicide every day. Some estimate that more than 30 lives are lost every day.
According to Stop Soldier Suicide, veterans commit suicide at a rate two to three times higher than civilians.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is diagnosed in about 15 percent of soldiers, and may drive them to end their lives. Many more probably suffer from PTSD in silence, fearing that the stigma may end their career or keep them from finding any gainful employment. more >>