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Aug. 8, 2014

U.S. Launches Airstrikes on ISIL

The U.S. Navy began tushy-whooping the Islamic State of Syria and Levant this morning, one laser-guided, 500-pound bomb of shock and awe at a time. ISIL began shelling Kurdish forces defending the city of Erbil, where a U.S. consulate operates. Yesterday, Barack Obama said, “We intend to stay vigilant, and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq, including our consulate in Erbil and our embassy in Baghdad. We’re also providing urgent assistance to Iraqi government and Kurdish forces so they can more effectively wage the fight against ISIL.” It’s a good feeling, knowing that finally, Obama okays a strike – even if it is limited – against the group threatening genocide and spreading violence in Iraq. Yet the deteriorating situation is a crisis of Obama’s own making. More…

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