President Obama has recently announced that 450 US military advisors will be sent to take the fight to the Islamic State.  The question remains as to whether the president has done too little too late or if, in fact, US advisors on the ground will make a significant difference. The move allows the US to train the Iraqi security forces more directly and also to provide advice to the sunni militias fighting in Anbar Province and other strategic areas. Although sending trainers and other counter-terrorism support troops is a good first step, their deployment will be useless without flexible rules of engagement and other tools to engage Islamic State on its own terms.  Advisors need to be able to accompany Iraqi troops when they go into combat and more effective air support needs to be available in order to counter new IS anti-air tactics. Furthermore, it is also necessary to ensure that arms ...

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In his testimony before the US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee last Wednesday, former top military intelligence official under President Obama harpooned the administration's pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, saying the plan is based on "wishful thinking." Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, delivered stinging criticism of the Iran deal framework as well as the U.S. response to the violence in Iraq and Syria. "It is clear that the nuclear deal is not a permanent fix but merely a placeholder," he told the subcommittee members. Flynn said the 10-year timeline in parts of the deal are reasonable only if the U.S. thinks a reconciliation with Iran can be achieved at some point. According to the retired General, to imagine such an outcome is "wishful thinking," adding that a change of regime would be the best way to stop Iran from seeking nuclear weapons. Flynn also asserted that ...

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Tuesday that the Pentagon has barred discrimination based on sexual orientation, making it a part of the category that includes discrimination based on race, color, religion, age and sex. Gay and lesbian service members of the U.S. military will be given every protection against discrimination with the military’s equal opportunity policy. It is the first move after ending the policy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, a law that prohibited gays and lesbians from outing themselves during their service in the military, and if they did, they would be kicked out of the military service. The ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy was repealed after a nine-month study that determined that the risks of repealing it were low and manageable. The new policy comes as the Pentagon celebrated Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride month, with a ceremony that was broadcast on a military TV network to ...

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Following comments last week by Democrat presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on the subject of voter fraud, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker struck back on Saturday over Clinton’s suggestion that he and other 2016 hopefuls were intentionally preventing minorities from voting by enacting tough ID laws. During her speech at the historically black Texas Southern University, Clinton supported universal voter registration, expanded access to polling places by keeping them open for at least 20 days, and offering voting hours on evenings and weekends. The former First Lady, New York Senator, and Secretary of State also took direct aim at potential presidential opponents, Governors John Kasich and Chris Christie, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on voting rights, telling them to "stop fear-mongering about a phantom epidemic of voter fraud." Speaking to CNN at Saturday’s Iowa Roast and Ride, a weekend motorcycle ride and gathering hosted by freshman Iowa Republican Sen. Joni ...

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The Supreme Court of New Jersey sided with Republican hopeful and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the controversial law suit with public worker unions over pension cuts. It is a victory for the GOP Presidential candidate, but a loss for Americans and a blow for Pensioners’ contract rights. This is another scandal that surrounds Christ Christie, who still has not formally announced his White House bid, but has started a political action plan. Christie has been involved in a few other scandals, including the 2013 closing of the George Washington Bridge, as well as his mellow attempts to make changes in the New Jersey economy recovery. The Top Court has agreed with Christie on the cut of $1.57 billion from state pension funding and with that has revised a lower court ruling. Last year only Christie has cut a state contribution to the pension system because of revenue shortfall and was funded ...

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President Obama confessed during a Press Conference Tuesday that he made the decision to put his controversial immigration actions on hold while the legality of his actions are being considered in court.The King vs. Burwell decision, expected to come from the Supreme Court later this month, could deliver a final deadly blow to ObamaCare should the high court rule that federal subsidies meant to assist citizens in buying healthcare insurance, but were also granted to illegals as part of the Obama amnesty program, are not in compliance with the law. “This should be an easy case; frankly it shouldn't have even been taken up,” Obama said of the Supreme Court’s hearing of the case. Obama made his comments – among his most caustic to date -during a news conference in Germany at the Group of Seven (G-7) summit of leading industrial democracies. Obama announced in November of 2014 that as many as 5 million illegal ...

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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, meets with Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, March 5, 2012. Photographer: Martin H. Simon/via Bloomberg The U.S. Supreme Court has backed Barack Obama on striking down the Jerusalem Passport Law allowing Americans who are born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their official birthplace on the U.S. passports. This ruling recognizes the executive powers that the President Barack Obama enjoys in recognizing foreign nations and with that the dispute of passport designations. The Supreme Court has made a 6-3 ruling, making it a big victory for President Obama, especially in times when Israel and the United States do not have strong relations and when the peace in the region depends mostly on American politics. After the six days war in 1967, Israel has claimed Jerusalem as the state’s capital, thus making such ...

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A biker rally in Iowa has shown that Republican Scott Walker is the favorite to win the GOP candidacy for the 2016 Elections. Six other presidential hopefuls from the Republican Party have attended the event and held speeches, with Walker being the only one not officially to announce his candidacy. The political event was held on Saturday as the inaugural “Roast and Ride”. The event is organized by U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, where 300 bikers with Harley-Davidsons travel 39 miles and attend a barbecue. Walker was the only GOP presidential hopeful that led his on motorcycle ride and later gave a speech. Amongst them were Lindsay Graham, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry and Ben Carson. It seems that Scott Walker received the support for early voting in Iowa according to Reuters and the polls in Iowa show that he is a leader of the pack with a 7 percent ...

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After years of agenda battles between the Republican-held House of Representatives and the Democrat administration, John Boehner and Barack Obama seem to have found common ground on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Obama’s proposed12-nation free-trade agreement will need to be ratified by Congress in order to take effect. Recently in the congressional spotlight, the Trade Promotion Authority Bill, (TPA) which would guarantee an up-or-down vote on the free-trade deal without the possibility of amendments. The House is prepared to vote as early as next week on the bill. Republicans who criticize the fast-tracking of TPA do so because of arguments ranging from their fear of encroachment on legislative power to angst over that deals that could include immigration provisions. Republican leaders have done their best to mitigate those concerns reiterating that the streamlined negotiating authority lasts only six years and will benefit a future administration, not just the current one. Top Republicans were optimistic on ...

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This is the question that many republican insiders are asking themselves in the lead up to the candidate primaries.  Although Senator Rand Paul's non-interventionist foreign policy views and strong focus on protecting civil liberties helps distinguish him in an increasingly crowded field of Republican contenders, such views are mutually exclusive with the concerns many mainstream Republicans hold in relation to the rise of the Islamic State, the threat of terrorism and the crisis of illegal immigration through the United States' porous borders.  As more attention is paid to the Kentucky senator, the more strident criticism is directed at both his domestic and foreign policies. A recent poll of political insiders conducted for POLITICO found that 61 per cent of respondents believed that Paul's libertarian positions help to differentiate him from other candidates in the race for the Republican nomination.  Interestingly, this number dropped to 48 per cent amongst respondents who identified themselves as Republicans. ...

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