The old saying, "The more he spoke of his honor, the more quickly we counted the spoons," applies to Putin, following his denials in the murder of Boris Nemtsov.
According to a damning report from Bloomberg News January 8, “U.S. weapons intended for Iraq’s beleaguered military are winding up in the possession of the country’s Shiite militias,” militias that are allied with Iran.
In China, where religious liberty has been under attack since the communist takeover in 1949, persecution of Christians has escalated over recent months. Communist Chinese authorities have destroyed churches and religious symbols and arrested Christian leaders and laity in recent crackdowns against those groups regarded by Beijing as “cults.”
U.S. military engagements in the decades since World War II have often been characterized by their expansive nature, a development commonly called "mission creep." But the already expanded role of the new mission in Afghanistan — the training and support mission that follows "the end of combat operations" in that country — might better be described as "mission morph" or "mission mutation."