The New York Times has reported that the Obama administration has secretly extended U.S. armed forces participation in ground combat operations in Afghanistan through 2015, although the president had publicly promised back in May that the U.S. ground forces' combat role would be completed at the end of the current calendar year.
In yet another bizarre turn of events surrounding the “Islamic State” terrorist group, the establishment press is now reporting that the organization, sometimes known as ISIS or ISIL, was actually born, radicalized, and nurtured inside an American prison in Iraq dubbed Camp Bucca. According to numerous media reports in recent months, many of the Islamist leaders of the barbaric terror outfit — including its self-styled “caliph,” who goes by the name Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — were held and radicalized in the prison before being released. What it all means or even if it is true remains unclear, especially in light of contradictory reports and sources.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is warning Americans not to succumb to intervention fatigue.
For Max Boot and other neocons, 15 years is hardly a long enough time to be fighting over the rocks and rubble and poppy fields of Afghanistan, a land al-Qaeda has long since vacated.
With Congress soon to be under solid Republican control following the mid-term election defeat of Democrats, the Obama administration and GOP leaders on Capitol Hill are reportedly plotting to foist a series of far-reaching “free-trade” deals on the American people. As Big Business and Big Government proponents of the controversial agenda cross party lines to advance the schemes, however, critics of the plan from all across the political spectrum are rallying to stop it. Because moves by lawmakers to grant Obama fast-track trade-promotion authority could begin as soon as the lame-duck session currently underway, or early in the next Congress, opponents of the controversial agreements are urging citizens to get involved now.