As the Fourth of July approached this year, there was an interesting bubble of press coverage that focused on the efforts of an Indiana-based nonprofit, Military With PTSD, to make available these signs across the country:
Thugs, theocrats, and dictators, take note: among your most important strategic assets is the ability to persuade America’s liberal elites that your raw grabs for power and territory are insignificant, in moral terms, when compared to what they see as the U.S.’s own record of aggression and wrongdoing. Your position will be even stronger if you can get a critical mass of State Department diplomats, writers for the New Yorker, and members of Congress believing that your hand has been forced by U.S. policy. You started a nuclear weapons program/invaded a European country/claimed a huge chunk of the Pacific ocean for yourself because America drove you to it! You’re depraved on account you’re deprived.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will travel to Iran Wednesday for talks on bilateral relations between the countries and the war against the Islamic State, his office said.
The White House and the Iraqi government disagree about both the extent and the effectiveness of the Obama administration’s efforts to assist in the fight against the Islamic State.
Iranian artillery has been spotted near the northern Iraqi city of Baiji as Iraqi forces and Shiite militias continue to battle the Islamic State there, CNN reports.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is weighing steps to bolster Iraq’s battle against Islamic State, including expanding the number of training sites for Iraqi forces, but the overall U.S. strategy is not in question, the top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday.