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Democratic candidates distancing themselves from Pres. Obama

Following the President’s speech on dealing with the terrorist group Islamic State, commonly referred to as ISIS, Democrats in tight Senate races, and even potential 2016 presidential hopefuls are putting some space between them and the Commander-in-Chief.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich said he opposes arming Syrian rebels. “We must have greater assurance that we aren’t arming extremists who will eventually use the weapons against us,” he said.

I can’t say that I am at all surprised by this move.  President Obama came into office with the promise of pulling American troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Now, he’s setting himself up for a potential open-ended conflict.

While yes, ISIS is a terrorist group that has killed innocent people, and they need to be dealt with.  The American people are not prepared by my estimations for another war in the Middle East.

Mr. President, if you’re going in, make sure you have a strategy to get out.

For the whole story on Democrats responses to ISIS, check out CNN.

With files from CNN

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Pres. Obama to announce plan against ISIS

US President Barack Obama says he will speak to the nation and congressional leaders this week, putting forward his vision on how to best battle Islamic State (ISIS).

I’m very curious to see how this would play out.  Airstrikes are one thing, but will he consider troops on the ground?  If he puts troops on the ground, what is the time frame?  Will NATO and other allies be asked to back and contribute to such a plan?

I’m also curious to see how the Republicans will spin this.  The party that is all for battling terrorism, as long as the President’s job approval goes down at the same time.  The party that condoned the use of torture, tactics that have fueled US hatred around the globe.

Wednesday will be the most telling sign when Obama is set to deliver his speech to the nation.

For more preview, you can watch the President’s interview with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press.  The video is available at Huffington Post.

Climate change must be taken seriously

It is time that we all take a deep look at the world in front of us.  In Canada, they have the oil sands of Alberta.  In the United States, they have the coal mines of Virginia.  Every industrialized nation has something that is causing climate change.

Scientists have told us for years that the raid change in climate due to green house gas emissions is being caused by humans, but somehow, our world leaders don’t seem to want to believe the science.

We only have this one planet.  How would you like to leave it for your children, your grand children, and their children?  If we continue on this slippery slope, our time will run out.

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon writes beautifully on the need for immediate action on climate change in an op-ed for the Huffington Post.

The White House is trying to avoid a certain word when dealing with Russia

U.S. President Barack Obama treaded carefully when asked whether Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine should be considered an invasion, an indication of how the White House continues to judiciously avoid the use of the word fearing its geo-political ramifications.

I can understand the White House’s reasoning for trying to avoid the word “invasion” for fear of pissing the wrong country off.  But if it looks like a duck, and smells like a duck…

Files from CBC

Read their full story here.

Russian troops enter Ukraine

I feared that this was only a matter of time, but now it does seem to be happening.  According to Reuters, the Ukrainian President has confirmed that Russian troops have entered his country.

There is no way this ends well.

To the rest of the world, stop dickering around with sanctions against Russia, because they don’t seem to be doing a damn thing.  It’s time to focus on helping Ukraine defend itself.  The fear of poking the bear (Russia) is not good enough any more.  Guess what, the bears awake and he’s found food, now we all need to protect that food.

You can read the entire Reuters report on HuffPost.

United Nations releases new death toll numbers

191,000 people have lost their lives during the Syrian conflict: UN

191,000 people have lost their lives during the Syrian conflict: UNI just about fell over when I read this report from the United Nations.

The new death toll in the conflict in Syria has risen to 191,000.

This conflict needs to end, but there is only one way it can.  That is by the rebels and rebel sympathizers to take down Al-Assad.  The countless human rights violations that have been committed by the current Syrian regime is reprehensible.

It is time for the West to stand up and end the human rights abuses.

Read the entire United Nations Report here.

US Tried to Rescue Foley

A report from CNN says that there was a failed attempt to rescue James Foley and other ISIS hostages.

A source tells the cable news channel that Foley and the others were not at the targeted location.

A video was released yesterday, that has since been deemed authentic by US Intel, showing Foley being executed.

Read CNN’s report here.

 

Journalists should never be caught in the crossfire of a military conflict.  I suspect, as is the case with many journalists, he was doing his damnedest to get the story.

Your contributions will never be forgotten James, and may there be swift and heavy judgement to the people who did this to you.