“We’re getting along very, very well with the Taliban and very well with Afghanistan and its representatives, and we’ll see how it all goes,” the president added. “It’s a negotiation, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be departing in a little while, so I think it’s very exciting news.” … [Read more...] about Pompeo Heads to Qatar on Eve of 9/11 for Talks to End Afghanistan War
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And while it was often papered over during (and since) his administration, President Obama’s “Hope and Change” often meant encouraging what he viewed as politically supportive American demographics to “punish” other Americans that he viewed as being their “enemies.” Obama also spoke of the need for his supporters to “bring a gun” to “knife fights” with their fellow Americans. Notably, on the Sunday immediately after Sept. 11, 2001, Obama’s longtime pastor and friend, Jeremiah Smith, stated quite plainly: “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people.” … [Read more...] about What would bin Laden think, watching our self-destruction?
For years, this sort of research into interrogation techniques has been virtually nonexistent. Analysts say that the stigma of the CIA's experiments with mind-altering drugs during the Cold War has long tainted the field. Until recently, the dominant paradigms for both lie detection and interrogation were based mostly on anecdotal police evidence. What little scientific research existed was “purely useful in law-enforcement settings, and mostly about false confessions,” said Steve Kleinman, a career military-intelligence officer who served as an interrogator for the Defense Department. … [Read more...] about New Research Suggests Enhanced Interrogation Not Effective
“At 4,500 we’re still going to be able to accomplish the core task that we want to accomplish, and we’ve shown more than ample goodwill in our willingness to demonstrate that we don't want to be an occupying force in this country, but we do have strategic interests, vital interests, that compel us to be certain that these entities such as Al Qaeda and ISIS can’t be guests there to attack the United States,” McKenzie said. … [Read more...] about James Carafano: US troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan show progress in resolving ‘endless wars’
Everyone seems to think a vaccine will magically solve the crisis. It will certainly help, but consider that humans have eradicated only two diseases throughout history, even when vaccines exist. For one thing, viruses can mutate, which is why a new flu vaccine must be produced each year. An ineffective vaccine that is rushed to market, as may be the case with Russia's vaccine, could actually promote mutation, some have warned. … [Read more...] about What the war on terror teaches us about Covid-19