Patrick Henningsen on IN THE NOW: ‘US War on ISIS a Complete Failure’

The ISIS narrative in Syria and Iraq continues to be twisted and the truth obscured by rampant western geostrategic power-plays in the Middle East…
‘ISIS is winning because Iraqi troops just aren’t fighting the terrorists’ – so says US Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
‘ISIS is winning because the U. S. is not helping enough’ – so says Iraq’s Interior Minister.
‘ISIS is winning because the US hasn’t done anything at all’ – so says Iran.
Why is ISIS on the move and why is the Iraqi army non-existent? RT’s Senior Political correspondent and award-winning host Anissa Naouai speaks to 21WIRE geopolitical analystPatrick Henningsen this week on In the Now…


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MAY 27, 2015.

The Next Iraqi Threat to the Oil Sector… It’s Not What You’re Expecting

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If you still doubt that geopolitical heat can rattle the oil sector, I strongly advise you to carefully watch the events that are about to play out.
At the top of my own list is Iraq. Geopolitical matters there continue to worsen. U. S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has just called out the Iraqi military – during a high-profile TV interview, no less – claiming that it lacks the will to fight. ISIS is solidifying positions within marching distance of Baghdad. And the main Iranian general is condemning the United States for ‘not doing a damn thing’ to halt the ISIS advance.
These three developments will have an impact on global crude oil stability and are thereby certain to affect oil prices.
But a fourth situation is about to unfold… with the potential to have a more direct effect on oil.
Here’s my take on what’s going on in Iraq… and what it means for energy prices…
First, let’s go over the three known developments.
1) Carter Slams the Iraqi Military Earlier this month, Ramadi, a Sunni majority city in Iraq’s Anbar Province about 75 miles west of Baghdad, fell to ISIS forces. The town is in a strategic location on the banks of the Euphrates River. It stands on an important trade route connecting to the Mediterranean Sea, as well as being located on the main road from Amman, the capital of Jordan, to Baghdad.

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on May 27, 2015.

Iraq Trolls US, Calls Latest Military Operation “We Are At Your Services, Hussein”

While some have argued that President Obama and his folly-prone foreign policy debacle is the laughing stock of the world, it seems, as DefenseNews reports, that the Iraqi military is directly mocking America. Just a day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused them of cowardice, an umbrella group for mostly Shiite militia and volunteer fighters, Hashed al-Shaabi, said it had dubbed a military campaign to cut off the Islamic State group in Anbar province as “Operation Labaik ya Hussein,” which roughly translates as “We are at your service, Hussein.”
Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered a withering critique of the will of Iraqi defense forces in the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State.
‘The Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight,’ he said. ‘They were not outnumbered. In fact they vastly outnumbered the opposing force and yet they failed to fight and withdrew from the site…We can give them training, we can give them equipment. We obviously can’t give them the will to fight.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/27/2015.

Asia Scholar Lays Out “Three Ways China And The US Could Go To War”

Yesterday, in a troubling oped posted in China’s Global Times, a paper owned by the ruling Communist Party, China issued its loudest warning yet to the US to keep out of its affairs, in this case the various disputed territories in the South China Sea among them but not limited to China’s artificial islands in the Spratly chain which have become a topic of contention between China and various US allies in the region, when it said that war was ‘inevitable’ between China and the United States unless Washington stopped demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway.
‘We do not want a military conflict with the United States, but if it were to come, we have to accept it,’ said The Global Times, which is among China’s most nationalist newspapers.
But is a military conflict, let alone an actual war, realistic in a world in which all political and diplomatic disagreements are solved either in the back room or using the capital markets?
According to Michael Auslin, a resident scholar and the director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in Asian regional security and political issues, the answer is yes. Auslin proposes that with Beijing and Washington both laying down “red lines” in the South China Sea, the two superpowers are maneuvering themselves into a potential conflict since neither would be willing to back down over fears of losing face or realpolitik clout.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/26/2015.

This Is How Much Of Your Life The US Has Spent At War

With the US spiraling quickly towards a maritime conflict with China over the latter’s ‘construction projects’ in the disputed South China Sea and with NATO doing its best to match Moscow’s Eastern European sabre-rattling on the way to facilitating the most serious confrontation between Russia and the West in decades, we thought it as good a time as any to bring you the following graphic which shows the percentage of your life that the US has been at war.
Simply put, if you were born in 1992 or later, America has been at war for at least two-thirds of your life and if you were born after 2001, well… you have never known life in the US without war.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/26/2015.

NATO General Warns, Putin Is A “Dangerous Gambler… Willing To Use Nuclear Weapons”

Hot on the heels of George Soros’ warnings that we stand on the verge of World War 3, demanding Washington back off its anti-Yuan pressure, it appears “the good guys” are fighting back with their own good-cop, bad-cop propaganda. As Sputnik News reports, General hans-Lothar Domrose, NATO Commander of the Brunssum Allied Joint Force Command, said in an interview withGerman magazine Focus Online that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a tough-minded, forward-thinking politician who is capable of foreseeing situations, but also regards him as a dangerous “gambler,” who “is willing to use nuclear weapons against NATO troops.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/26/2015.

Ministry of Defence Admits It Irradiated Civilians in Cold War Nuclear Weapons Tests, but Still Denies Vets Were Harmed

The headline on this story is horrifying enough but after admitting these atrocities this government denies the very same tests harmed veterans.
What the Hell?
Via The Mirror:
The Ministry of Defence has admitted thousands of civilian staff were irradiated in nuclear weapons tests during the Cold War. But it still denies that veterans of the nuclear tests, which began in 1952 when Britain exploded its first device, were harmed.
A newly uncovered government study details the death and cancer rates of 174,541 people who were exposed to radiation at nuclear facilities. Of those, 64,909 were employed by the MoD in non-military roles such as maintaining nuclear submarines and weapons.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on May 26th, 2015.

Chuck Norris Warns Washington On Jade Helm: “Don’t Mess With Texas”

Earlier this month, Lone Star state residents breathed a heavy sigh of relief after Chuck Norris promised that in the event a US Spec Ops training exercise inexplicably morphs into a second (and thereby completely redundant) annexation of Texas, Walker Texas Ranger will personally defend the state against a Navy SEAL incursion.
As a reminder, the government is set to conduct a series of training exercises in several Western states including Texas beginning on July 15. The operation, dubbed ‘Jade Helm 15′, has sparked quite a spirited debate, especially among Texans, some of whom believe the drills are a prelude to martial law. Suspicions have by no means been confined to conspiracy theorists with the Governor himself calling on the Texas Guard to monitor the operation, a move which at least one former Texas Republican lawmaker has called ‘embarrassing.’ Indeed, even former Governor Rick Perry has now weighed in, noting that even though he questions the government ‘on a regular basis’, a Texas invasion likely isn’t in the cards:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/26/2015.

The NSA’s Technotyranny: One Nation Under Surveillance

‘The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.’ – William Binney, NSA whistleblower
We now have a fourth branch of government.
As I document in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this fourth branch came into being without any electoral mandate or constitutional referendum, and yet it possesses superpowers, above and beyond those of any other government agency save the military. It is all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful. It operates beyond the reach of the president, Congress and the courts, and it marches in lockstep with the corporate elite who really call the shots in Washington, DC.
You might know this branch of government as Surveillance, but I prefer ‘technotyranny,’ a term coined by investigative journalist James Bamford to refer to an age of technological tyranny made possible by government secrets, government lies, government spies and their corporate ties.
Beware of what you say, what you read, what you write, where you go, and with whom you communicate, because it will all be recorded, stored and used against you eventually, at a time and place of the government’s choosing. Privacy, as we have known it, is dead.
The police state is about to pass off the baton to the surveillance state.
Having already transformed local police into extensions of the military, the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the FBI are preparing to turn the nation’s soldier cops into techno-warriors, complete with iris scanners, body scanners, thermal imaging Doppler radar devices, facial recognition programs, license plate readers, cell phone Stingray devices and so much more.
This is about to be the new face of policing in America.
The National Security Agency (NSA) has been a perfect red herring, distracting us from the government’s broader, technology-driven campaign to render us helpless in the face of its prying eyes. In fact, long before the NSA became the agency we loved to hate, the Justice Department, the FBI, and the Drug Enforcement Administration were carrying out their own secret mass surveillance on an unsuspecting populace.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on May 26, 2015.

Here’s The Most Pernicious Obama Administration Falsehood on TPP

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President Obama and supporters of his trade agenda have spread so much misinformation that it’s hard to single out the most pernicious falsehood. But their claims that new trade deals won’t undermine U. S. sovereignty must be among the worst. Moreover, the specific arguments they make have muddied American debates on trade since the Uruguay Round multilateral trade agreement created the World Trade Organization in 1995.
According to the current administration, critics of Mr. Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in particular have no basis for warning that the deal will enable foreign tribunals unaccountable to the American people to rewrite or nullify any U. S. laws and regulations, whether they concern environmental protection, financial regulation, worker safety, or any social, ecological, or cultural priorities.
No less than the president himself has promised, ‘No trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws.’ National Economic Council chief Jeffrey Zients has stated, ‘It is an often repeated, but inaccurate, claim that ISDS [a provision of the TPP] gives companies the right to weaken labor or environmental standards, for example, suggesting that a trade agreement could result in the United States having to lower its minimum wage. The reality is that ISDS does not and cannot require countries to change any law or regulation.’
The most comprehensive rebuttal to TPP sovereignty concerns comes from the U. S. Trade Representative’s office – complete with underscored text:

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on May 26, 2015.

Jade Helm and the Stalinist Methods Begin Used to Enslave America

Every successful revolution follows three stages: (1) Winning the hearts and minds of the people; (2) Resisting illegitmate authority through civil disobedience; and, (3) All out war.
America is being dragged into stage three by the occupation forces that have hijacked our government. Jade Helm is the manifestation of dragging America into a stage three confrontation before the people have had a chance to build a coalition through successfully completing the first two stages. This is the strategy that Stalin employed as he enslaved an entire nation and history is indeed repeating itself.
Economic Collapse As a First Mover
The resulting instability of our economy will provide the pretext to institute a series of false flag attacks which will provide the federal government with a preemptive opportunity to impose one of the most draconian forms of martial law that the world has ever seen. There is a chance that the American people will shed their shackles and finally rise up and that is exactly what the globalists desire.
If the globalists can draw us into an armed conflict over the coming Jade Helm occupation and crush the opposition, they can end all pretenses and their full blown tyranny will be fully exposed for all to see and experience firsthand.
The Three Stages of a Revolution
Many believe that the revolution has already begun and I would agree with them to some extent. However, there are three distinct stages of revolution and we are moving down the path to civil war at a frightening pace. You may not realize this fact, but the bankers who have hijacked your government certainly do! When DHS purchases 2.2 billion rounds of ammunition and 2700 armored vehicles, it is clear that they are preparing to kill millions of uncooperative Americans. When you realize that every federal agency including the National Weather Service has acquired millions of rounds of ammunition, what does that tell you?

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on May 26, 2015.

City in the sky: world’s biggest hotel to open in Mecca

The holy city is fast becoming a Las Vegas for pilgrims.
Four helipads will cluster around one of the largest domes in the world, like side-plates awaiting the unveiling of a momentous main course, which will be jacked up 45 storeys into the sky above the deserts of Mecca. It is the crowning feature of the holy city’s crowning glory, the superlative summit of what will be the world’s largest hotel when it opens in 2017.
With 10,000 bedrooms and 70 restaurants, plus five floors for the sole use of the Saudi royal family, the £2.3bn Abraj Kudai is an entire city of five-star luxury, catering to the increasingly high expectations of well-heeled pilgrims from the Gulf.
Modelled on a “traditional desert fortress”, seemingly filtered through the eyes of a Disneyland imagineer with classical pretensions, the steroidal scheme comprises 12 towers teetering on top of a 10-storey podium, which houses a bus station, shopping mall, food courts, conference centre and a lavishly appointed ballroom.
“The city is turning into Mecca-hattan,” says Irfan Al-Alawi, director of the UK-based Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, which campaigns to try to save what little heritage is left in Saudi Arabia’s holy cities. “Everything has been swept away to make way for the incessant march of luxury hotels, which are destroying the sanctity of the place and pricing normal pilgrims out.”

This post was published at The Guardian

Ferguson Protesters Now Protesting Over Not Getting Paid

At least some of the protesters who looted, rioted, burned buildings and overturned police cars in Ferguson, Missouri, last year were promised payment of up to $5,000 per month to join the protests.
However, when the Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), the successor group to the now-bankrupt St. Louis branch of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), stiffed the protesters, they launched a sit-in protest at the headquarters of MORE and created a Twitter page to demand their money, The Washington Times reports.
Presidential candidate and former Rep. Allen B. West, [R-Fl.], noted on his website, "Instead of being thankful for getting off the unemployment line for a few weeks and having a little fun protesting, the paid rioters who tore up Ferguson, MO, are protesting again."
"First of all, can you even imagine getting paid $5,000.00 a month for running around holding a sign and burning down an occasional building? That's around $1,250.00 per week. Try making that at McDonalds or Starbucks."
MORE is funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, the Times notes, through his Open Society Foundations (OSF).

This post was published at Newsmax

Senior NATO Official Claims We’ll Be at War by Summer

Last week, former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler posted a rather disturbing tweet. With a statement that one could only assume to be a reference towards Russia, Schindler wrote ‘Said a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO to me today: ‘We’ll probably be at war this summer. If we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear.’ Let that sink in.’
So who is John Schindler? As a ten-year veteran of the NSA, he was in the news a bit more when Snowden was making frequent headlines. He used to be a professor at the U. S. Naval War College, and is currently a frequent contributor to Business Insider. According to his biography on Business Insider, he used to teach classes on security, strategy, intelligence, and terrorism, and he has ‘collaborated closely with other government agencies who would probably prefer he didn’t mention them.’ It’s safe to say that Schindler probably brushes shoulders with high-ranking officials from time to time, so his tweet should be taken seriously.
It’s frightening to think that members of NATO may actually be preparing for, and expecting a war with Russia this summer, but unfortunately it’s not all that surprising. Given some of the activity we’re seeing around the world, it’s safe to assume that superpowers like the US, Russia, and China, are preparing for something big. Infowars also reported on Schindler’s tweet, and noted some of the provocative moves that have been going on around the world lately.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on May 25th, 2015.

What if Putin is Telling the Truth?

On April 26 Russia’s main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d’etat in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU. His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago.
Putin stated bluntly that in his view the West would only be content in having a Russia weak, suffering and begging from the West, something clearly the Russian character is not disposed to. Then a short way into his remarks, the Russian President stated for the first time publicly something that Russian intelligence has known for almost two decades but kept silent until now, most probably in hopes of an era of better normalized Russia-US relations.
Putin stated that the terror in Chechnya and in the Russian Caucasus in the early 1990′s was actively backed by the CIA and western Intelligence services to deliberately weaken Russia. He noted that the Russian FSB foreign intelligence had documentation of the US covert role without giving details.
What Putin, an intelligence professional of the highest order, only hinted at in his remarks, I have documented in detail from non-Russian sources. The report has enormous implications to reveal to the world the long-standing hidden agenda of influential circles in Washington to destroy Russia as a functioning sovereign state, an agenda which includes the neo-nazi coup d’etat in Ukraine and severe financial sanction warfare against Moscow. The following is drawn on my book, ‘The Lost Hegemon’ to be published soon…

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on May 25, 2015.

Musings On Memorial Day

The wrong question is being asked here.
In the past few years, Americans have witnessed shootings at a movie in Colorado, a 3-year-old shooting and killing his father in Indiana and, most recently, nine people killed in a fight among biker gangs in Waco.
Amazingly, Americans seem to see these regular incidents as normal. It’s a powerful and sad testament to how anesthetized we have become to this ongoing violence. And despite all of this violence and loss of life, many in Texas and elsewhere want to increase gun ownership and allow people to openly carry firearms.
Since 9/11, Americans have been deeply concerned about threats to national security. Our tendency has been to define national security only in terms of external threats. A much better way is to see national security is in terms of the well-being of our population. If we think of it this way, the evidence is clear – a heavily armed population in the U. S. is not secure because our culture does not seem to lend itself well to allowing the proliferation of guns.
The premise is that there is some magic that will attach if we “strictly regulate” (or even prohibit) private ownership of firearms.
The facts say otherwise, in fact, they say the exact opposite.
The violent crime rate has fallen nearly in half from 1992 to 2011 according to the FBI and it has continued to fall; 2013, the last year for which full data is available, saw further declines.
The rate of murder and non-negligent manslaughter (that is, intentional killing of another human) dropped by a full half from 1994 to 2013. The rate of******dropped from 39.3 to 25.2, or 36%.
Further, property crime also dropped dramatically; motor vehicle theft, as an example, is down by nearly two thirds and burglary rates are down some 40%.
This dramatic decrease in crime rates come during what has been a reversal of gun bans and restrictions that arguably reached its zenith with the Gun Control Act of 1968.
In other words, the professor is lying through his teeth and, I suspect, he knows it.
But let’s look at this from a more-philosophical basis, shall we?
Exactly why would you elect or trust any government official who is worried about you being armed?
Think about this for a minute. If you go “nuts” and start shooting people in any other than a legitimate self-defense situation your life as a free individual is over and there is a damn good chance, in fact majority odds, that you’re simply going to be dead within minutes.
What this means, of course, is that if you choose to undertake such an act you are spending your life (in the very literal sense) for whatever you believe in at that moment.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2015-05-25.

ISIS Threatens the Ancient City of Palmyra in Syria

The week the global media has been declaring that the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria has ‘fallen to ISIS’.
This may be partially true, but as there are very few, if any, independent media reporters on the ground in Palmyra – it’s nearly impossible to know the full extent of the ‘ISIS advance’. Emotive media images like this have been plastered all over the western press agencies and media outlets for the last 5 days running:
Certainly, the US and European media outlets would be keen to show that this specially designated World Heritage site is now in the hands of terrorists – a story which would naturally trigger outrage of western academics and intelligensia, feeding further calls for more western military intervention in the Syria conflict.
Other accounts of the situation vary, like this report by writer Ziad Fadel for SyrianPerspective
‘Tadmur (Palmyra): Even nominally friendly sites like NSNBC are misreporting events in this historically important town in the far east of Homs Governorate.
Many sites are simply making the fatuous statement that the entire city of Palmyra has been overrun by ISIS fanatics and that includes Alalam and Al-Mayaadeen.
Interesting to note that neither news source has anyone on the ground there to report directly…’
Indeed, downplaying ISIS terrorist victories could be damage control PR from Damascus – or it could be closer to the truth than western mainstream coverage. It’s difficult to tell. Still, ISIS relies on the western media to provide publicity for all of its military conquests, so mainstream coverage should always be viewed with an equally, if not much more discerning eye than with seemingly pro-Damascus coverage coming out of Syria.
Still, no movement from western media about the blatant US, Israeli and Saudi/Qatari connections to ISIS and al Nusra terror brigades in Syria and Iraq. This is still a ‘no go’ area for all major US, UK and European media outlets.
Is Palmyra under threat now? Yes, definitely. But to what degree, we cannot accurately tell just yet…

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MAY 25, 2015.

Chinese State Paper Warns “War Will Be Inevitable” Unless U.S. Stops Meddling In Territorial Dispute

Whereas over the past year, ever since the outbreak of the hostilities over the fate of Ukraine following the Victoria Nuland orchestrated presidential coup, relations between Russia and NATO have devolved to a Cold War 2.0 state as manifested bycountless interceptions of Russian warplanes by NATO jets and vice versa as depicted in the following infographic…
… at least China was mercifully allowed to stay out of the fray between the Cold War enemies.
This all changed this month when first the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress this month cast China as a threat to regional and international peace and stability, followed several weeks ago when, with China aggressively encroaching into territories in the South China Sea claimed by US allies in the region such as Philippines, Vietnam and Japan, the US decided to get involved in yet another regional spat that does not directly involve it, and started making loud noises about China’s territorial expansion over the commodity-reach area.
China promptly relatiated by threatening a US spy plane during a routine overflight, while immediately thereafter the US retaliated at China’s escalation, and warned that building sea “sandcastles” could “lead to conflict.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/25/2015.

05.24 BREAKING NEWS: Poland’s Anti-EU Party Candidate Andrzej Duda wins Presidency in Shock Election Result

After the election results in Spain probably caused indigestion for Angela Merkel in Berlin and the banksters in Brussels, the suddenly important front line nation of Poland may have caused an outbreak of swine flu from Brussels to Berlin as the Euro-skeptic Law and Justice Party (PiS) scored a huge election upset today, casting the strong pro-Brussels, anti-Russian current President Bronislaw Komorowski to the side. This means the coming Cold War against Russia and shift of Poland into full membership into the European Union may well be in doubt as President-elect Duda wants no part of turning his nation into a participant or slave nation on the terms of the bankers in Brussels or Generals in the Pentagon.
The update from the Polish website The Warsaw Voice tells the story:
Andrzej Duda wins Poland’s presidential election – late poll results Poland’s incumbent president Bronislaw Komorowski has failed in his bid for a second term in office after losing a closely-fought presidential election Sunday, finishing behind a right-wing candidate backed by the country’s largest opposition party, Polish media reported.
Andrzej Duda, backed by the euroskeptic Law and Justice (PiS), scored 52% of the vote to finish first in the presidential race, according to the Ipsos late poll. Turnout stood at 56.1% according to the poll. The official results are expected Monday night.
Duda won the first round of the presidential ballot May 10 with 34.76% of the vote, barely 1 ppt ahead of Komorowski with 33.77%.

This post was published at John Galt Fla on May 25, 2015.

US Accuses Iraq Army Of Cowardice, Says “More Firepower Support” Needed Against ISIS

On Saturday, we discussed a possible shift in US policy as it relates to boots on the ground in Iraq. Recapping, ISIS has recently launched what the media is billing as an ‘offensive’, seizing the Syrian city of Palmyra (an archaeological treasure) and Ramadi in Iraq. The group also claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in a Saudi mosque that killed 21 on Friday.
Against this backdrop the calls for a more aggressive US military response have begun and it now appears that one possibility under consideration is the deployment of so-called ‘spotters’ to help ensure that US airstrikes are maximally effective. Of course, as we noted over the weekend, once the ‘spotting’ starts, mission creep will set in quickly and it won’t be long before the Syrian incursion aimed at ousting Bashar al-Assad is on, with the destruction of ISIS as the excuse.
Two days and one supposed ISIS nuclear attack plot later and the calls for a change in strategy have gotten a lot louder with Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioning the Iraqi army’s resolve and uber-hawk John McCain calling for the deployment of special forces. WSJ has more:
Defense Secretary Ash Carter held open the possibility of a strategy shift by the White House on Iraq, a few days after recent setbacks in Iraq and Syria revived sharp criticism of the Obama administration’s approach in combating extremist groups there.
Islamic State forces last week captured the key Iraqi city of Ramadi and also expanded their reach in Syria. Critics and even allies of the administration took to Sunday television talk shows to call for a strategy change by the administration to stem the advance of Islamic State forces…
House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R., Texas) said on ABC’s ‘This Week’ that the battle in Ramadi was among the many reasons why he doubted the Obama administration’s claim that U. S. efforts have succeeded in degrading the strength of ISIS.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/25/2015.