Hagel Firing: Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

The New York Times reports that President Barack Obama is about to dismiss Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The reason given? That the White House recognized that "the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ." In other words: Hagel was brought on to downgrade the military radically, but now the military turns out to be necessary, after all.
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Obama: Helping Terror Go Nuclear

Last Tuesday’s terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue killed five people: four rabbis (including three born in the USA) and a Druze police officer. Two Palestinians entered during morning prayers and attacked worshipers with knives, meat cleavers, and a handgun.  24 Nov 2014, 7:22 AM PDT

China Makes Diplomatic Overture to Vatican

In its bid for formal diplomatic relations with the Vatican, Beijing is now ready to offer a compromise in the contentious issue of how Catholic bishops are appointed in China. This represents an important departure from Beijing’s hardline position of “no interference” from the Vatican in religious affairs as a condition for relations. 24 Nov 2014, 6:53 AM PDT

Yemeni Al Qaeda: Houthis Will Pay for Push into Country

(Reuters) - Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, reacting to the loss of its strongholds to Shi'ite Houthi fighters, has accused its opponents of acting as a proxy for the United States and threatened renewed violence against them. 24 Nov 2014, 6:48 AM PDT

Tunisia Presidential Election Polls Give Ex-Regime Figure the Edge

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A veteran politician from the previous regime that ran on a platform of restoring the prestige of the state took the lead in Tunisia's first free and fair presidential election Sunday, according to exit polls. But there will still likely be a runoff next month. 24 Nov 2014, 6:41 AM PDT

Hagel Firing: Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

The New York Times reports that President Barack Obama is about to dismiss Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The reason given? That the White House recognized that "the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ." In other words: Hagel was brought on to downgrade the military radically, but now the military turns out to be necessary, after all. 24 Nov 2014, 6:34 AM PDT

NY Times: US Defense Secretary Hagel to Resign

(AFP) US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is to resign under pressure on Monday, the New York Times reported Monday, after criticism of the campaigns in Afghanistan and against the Islamic State group. 24 Nov 2014, 6:28 AM PDT

Turkish President Erdogan: Women Not Equal to Men

(AFP) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday declared that women are not equal to men and launched a bitter attack against feminists in Turkey, claiming they reject the concept of motherhood. 24 Nov 2014, 6:26 AM PDT

Iran Talks Extended to June 2015; The Least-bad Option

The nuclear talks between Iran and the international community have likely failed to reach a deal by the Nov. 24 deadline, and will reconvene next month, according to Reuters and other sources. The extension will likely be negotiated without offering Iran any new sanctions relief as a condition for its continued participation in talks with the P+5 nations (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany). 24 Nov 2014, 4:29 AM PDT

Chesler's 'The New Antisemitism': A Timely Warning, Renewed

In 2003, the liberal feminist Phyllis Chesler published The New Antisemitism. It was partly a reaction to the events of 9/11, partly a protest against the left’s anti-Israel posture posture amidst the terror of the second intifada. Chesler is re-releasing The New Antisemitism a decade later, as a third intifada looms, and as the hatred of Jews that motivates radical critics of Israel no longer feels the same need to hide behind the “anti-Zionist” label. 23 Nov 2014

The Left Doth Protest Too Much: The Benghazi Scandal Remains

The left and the media greeted Friday's release of the House Intelligence Committee report on Benghazi with glee. "#Failghazi," the Huffington Post proclaimed. And yet, as Shakespeare wrote, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." For though the report contradicted some speculative claims, the core of the scandal remains. And both President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a tough case to answer. 22 Nov 2014

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