U.S. State Department spokeswoman Danna Van Brand said in a November 6 statement that the United States plans to open a refugee settlement processing center in Erbil, Iraq, before the end of 2015, and will also resume refugee processing in Lebanon in early 2016. The announcement was made just one week before the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and wounded more than 350 others.
Outrage and criticism are growing across the political spectrum after Obama, contradicting his repeated past pledges not to put U.S. troops in Syria, decided without congressional or constitutional authority to deploy some 50 Special Forces operatives to aid Syrian jihadists. At least one U.S. soldier has already been killed, dying last month in what Obama officials claimed was a raid to free prisoners held by the Islamic State (ISIS). More deaths are likely, as are more troop deployments, potentially setting up a broader war in which the United States could become further ensnared in Syria and beyond. Thanks in large part to the administration's deceit and machinations in recent years, the whole region is likely to end up in flames — a kind of post-Obama Libya on a much larger scale. And Obama's Republican and Democrat enablers in Congress, despite voicing some complaints and concerns, have done practically nothing to stop it.
After the White House announced last week that nearly 50 Special Operations advisers are being deployed to Syria, White House press secretary Josh Earnest went into full spin in a vain effort to explain how this does not repudiate President Obama's repeated promises that he would not send troops into the region. Unfortunately for Obama and Earnest, the easily located record of Obama's previous statements says otherwise.
In an interview with Russian interstate channel Mir TV, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry invited China and Russia to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
In our October 28 report, we quoted testimony from Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter before the Senate Armed Services Committee on October 27, that the United States will begin “direct action on the ground” against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria.