Foreign Policy

The Banter Staff’s Recommended Weekend Reading

By September 20, 2014

Here’s what we think is worth reading this weekend.

Morons Allow ISIS To Ruin Halloween

By September 19, 2014

Oh for the love of Ichabod Crane!

White House: No Ground Combat Troops, Only ‘Forward Deployed’ and ‘Combat Ready’ Troops

By September 18, 2014

For weeks, the White House has been trying to explain to the media that while ground combat troops in Iraq and Syria are not on the table, they actually are on the table, and on Thursday, someone else finally noticed.

MEMBERS ONLY: A Decade Later, Republicans Still Don’t Understand Iraq

By September 18, 2014

Republicans have something to gain from recasting the gruesome waste of blood and treasure the U.S. poured into Iraq as a success story that President Obama ruined.

An American Was Arrested For Trying To Support ISIS, But That’s Only the Half Of It

By September 18, 2014

There’s a part of this story that isn’t getting the same sort of attention that Elfgeeh’s attempt to aid fake terrorists,

Why the U.S. Absolutely Cannot Put Boots On the Ground To Fight ISIS

By September 17, 2014

Sending U.S. soldiers into the heart of the Middle East right now would be the best recruitment tool imaginable for jihadists.

ISIS Releases “Flames Of War” Movie Trailer, Turns Our American Weapons Against Us

By September 17, 2014
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This trailer for a nonexistent film called Flames Of War is apparently a coming attraction for “the fighting,” which the trailer promises has “just begun.”

MEMBERS ONLY: The Government’s ISIS Talk Is Already a Political Train Wreck

By September 17, 2014

The U.S. government’s ISIS strategy is like quantum mechanics. If you think you understand it, you actually don’t understand it.

Top General Says He’ll Recommend U.S. Combat Troops Against ISIS If Airstrikes Fail

By September 16, 2014

Has mission creep begun already?

President Obama Blasts Ronald Reagan Over Beirut Barracks Bombing

By September 16, 2014

That felt good, didn’t it?

Fox News and CNN Have On Whacky Sheriff To Fear-monger About ISIS In Mexico

By September 15, 2014

Cable news is going to have this guy on to make up stuff about ISIS in Mexico because why not?

19 Possible New Names For ‘ISIL’ That We Need To Decide On Right Now

By September 12, 2014

Let’s decide on this fast.

Obama Is Wrong and Bill Maher and Sam Harris Are Right About Islam and ISIL

By September 12, 2014

Many liberals stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the Islamic origins of ISIL’s motives. And that’s dangerous.

A Republican Congressman Admits It: The GOP Plans To Slam Obama on ISIS No Matter What

By September 11, 2014
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It was always going to be easy to write something today about the hypocrisy of conservatives in their responses to President Obama’s ISIS address last night. Thankfully, the GOP is making it even easier.

Obama Repeats The Strategy That Killed Bin Laden In Address To Nation About ISIS

By September 10, 2014

When then-presidential candidate Barack Obama said he would pursue Bin Laden into Pakistan with or without the assistance of the Pakistani government, conservatives (and some Democrats, to be honest) lost it. How could he! Sean Hannity cried crocodile tears about Obama promising to “invade an ally” like Pakistan, while Rush Limbaugh fretted that Obama was… Read More

Obama Looks To Hit ISIS In Syria While Spineless Congress Wants Nothing To Do With a Vote

By September 10, 2014

Congressional leadership is completely disinterested in making any decisions regarding military action against ISIS.

Why Congress Is Running Away From a Vote On ISIS

By September 09, 2014

Has anyone seen Congress? It was just here a minute ago.

The Banter Staff’s Recommended Weekend Reading

By September 06, 2014

Here’s what we think is worth reading this weekend.