Obama’s Syria achievement – The Washington Post

Man oh Manischevitz does Fred Hiatt of The Washington Post break out the whooping stick on Obama.

This may be the most surprising of President Obama’s foreign-policy legacies: not just that he presided over a humanitarian and cultural disaster of epochal proportions, but that he soothed the American people into feeling no responsibility for […]

ISIS and Rape

Here’s another contribution to the truly disturbing ISIS story of rape and sexual exploitation from The New York Times:

In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a […]


Freedom Portrait A woman takes off blackness after reaching safety, #Kurds #YPG contrld area, west #GireSipi #Rojava pic.twitter.com/ky5oeSttoi

— Jack Shahine (@jackshahine) June 4, 2015

I cannot express how much I like this photo of a woman leaving ISIS-held territory.

Friday Open Thread

The Siege of Constantinople by Bertrandon de la Broquière

On this date in 1453 the Turks conquered Constantinople ending the Byzantine Empire.

Real Wild Geese

Nigeria hired a squad of South African mercenaries to wage a secret war on Boko Haram. From the Telegraph

With their roots in South Africa apartheid-era security forces, they do not fit the standard image of an army of liberation. But after just three months on the ground, a squad of grizzled, ageing white mercenaries have helped […]

Home Grown ISIS

UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh has an interesting piece on why Elton Simpson was not tried on earlier terrorism charges. From The Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy:

One of the Texas shooters, Elton Simpson, had been prosecuted before by the federal government, for lying to federal officials about his plans to travel to Somalia; he […]

Monday Open Thread

h/t: Joshua Trevino

Monday Open Thread

Berber General Tariq ibn Ziyad

On this date in 711 AD, the Umayyads under Berber General Tariq ibn Ziyad began the conquest of Hispania landing on Gibraltar.

What a Bargain!

Obama and John Kerry get worked — over.

Iran has promised to make drastic cuts to its nuclear programme in return for the gradual lifting of sanctions as part of a historic breakthrough in Lausanne that could end a 13-year nuclear standoff.

The “political understanding”, announced on Thursday night in the Swiss city’s technical […]

Open Book Quiz

Obama sycophants and/or trolls, please take your time answering. We understand how difficult pop quizzes, even Open Book variety, can be, especially on a Monday.