Iran / Iraq / Syria / etc.

Frontline: The Secret History of ISIS

It is good to see organizations like PBS take on the history of ISIS, with their piece this week, The Secret History of ISIS. It’s not horrible, and it’s good to see that they were able to interview some of the key players – original sources matter. You should make time to watch it; it’s about 45 minutes in length, and it will stream on just about any device. Three things, though, after you watch it. 1) Frontline does a good job of pointing out that Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) / Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) had been

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On the trail of Bob Levinson

I stitched together a few oddities today, regarding Bob Levinson – things I just hadn’t realized. His cases is getting weirder and weirder. I remember when he went missing in 2007. It was news then. An ex-FBI agent, no longer working with the US Government, working on his own they said, looking into cigarette smuuggling., I remember when he went missing in 2007. It was news then. An ex-FBI agent, no longer working with the US Government, working on his own they said, looking into cigarette smuggling. They said he had traveled to the Iranian island of Kish –

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My Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi

Ma’am: There are three kinds of fighting going on in Iraq, and it’s clear from your recent statements that you might not understand the scope of the fighting there. As a guy who has been on the ground there and who remains part of this nation’s armed forces while we are at war, let me see if I can offer some additional clarification for you. I would hate for you to assume your new duties as Speaker of the House while not understanding something as important as Iraq. 1. There is Sunni / Shi’a violence. Yes, you can think

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Iran: They’re playing us all

SecState Rice thinks Iran is feeling the heat, as the country is talking about a possible willingness to accept some sort of compromise. The Russians have a plan that, they claim, would keep the Iranians from using their enriched uranium for purposes other than nuclear energy, uses that would include weapons. Funny, though, that in the same article, AMB Bolting, US AMB to the UN, laments the influence Iran has on other countries through their use of their oil. “The Iranians have been very effective in using their oil and natural gas to persuade China, India and other countries