the President decided to Do Something."
But interviews with multiple officials at the White House, the
Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies paint a portrait of a
president forced by the unexpectedly rapid deterioration of security in
Iraq to abandon his longstanding reluctance to use military force.
He's been QUITE willing to use military force, when it suits whatever's going through his head. Libya? Syria? In Libya he said he didn't need to be bothered with going to Congress; only reason he didn't try that in Syria was it was made clear it'd be his ass if he did. Borrowing from Insty, He was quick to use it in Libya, and he was eager to use it in Syria
until Putin outsmarted him. He is, perhaps, reluctant to use military
force when it’s obviously in America’s interest, but that’s a different thing.
This will not come as a surprise to Reason regulars: More than
40 percent of the people on the United States federal government
terrorism watch lists have no discernable connection to anyterrorist group.
280,000 out of 680,000 people on the list of those whom
authorities are keeping their eyes on and pulling aside for further
examination at airports and border crossings have no actual
connection to terrorist groups. The analysis comes from journalists
Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux at The Intercept. They
recently exposed the complicated yet also terribly vague guide
the federal government uses to put people on the list. Now they've
gotten their hands on a classified document detailing the National
Counterterrorism Center's (NCTC) list of accomplishments for 2013
and have crunched the numbers to provide the lovely graph
And while various politicians are playing "Let's get all these illegals in and register them as Democrats!", this is happening.
The Sheriff leading the investigation
into the brutal slaying of a Border Control Agent by two illegal
immigrants has revealed local farmers in his county have reported
spotting gangs of armed Mexicans 'in military fatigues' marching through
That's along with all the other crap, of course.
This is pretty damn cool; small underwater drone designed to follow the tags on some Great White sharks. Occasionally, one gets annoyed. Or decides to see how it tastes.