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The Syrian Experiment

Unlike in Tripoli, there will be no direct American intervention in Damascus. At most, the United States and its Middle Eastern allies will continue to make the Syrian uprising possible through material support. Contrary to paranoiac expectations, President Obama does … Continue reading

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Benghazi Is Not A Tom Clancy Novel

On CNN yesterday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) expressed dissonant disapproval of the president’s failure to teleport reinforcements to the US consulate in Benghazi. You have to admire the way he twists reality here: Look, we have to make priorities and … Continue reading

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Remember the Cain

The complete and uncut video of Herman Cain’s implosive non-answer to a simple question about Libya. He can’t articulate what he would have done differently because he doesn’t know anything about the conflict — he only knows the base expects … Continue reading

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Watch Out! Here Comes the Empire of Qatar

The Economist warns that a wide assortment of foreign actors stands to undermine the independence of the new Libya. And there’s a surprise: The worst offender is Qatar, according to several Tripoli-based diplomats. The small Gulf state was instrumental in … Continue reading

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The New Libya Will Prepare for Peak Oil

Outgoing Finance and Oil Minister Ali Tarhouni on the necessity of growing the non-oil Libyan economy: “This country has been using a nonrenewable resource, and it does not matter how much reserve we have, we will run out of that, … Continue reading

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All The Devils Are Here: Moammar Gadafi

If you think that a comic about Gadafi’s death right now is “too soon,” take advantage of this comic’s “come back later” feature! (CLICK TO EMBIGGEN) Magic Love Hose makes comics for OsborneInk.com. He lives in Canada where he can … Continue reading

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Why I’m Not a Drone Hysteric

Drone fever: catch it! RT America, in August: The US will drop billions on defense spending with the purchasing of 55 Global Hawk drone planes over the next few years. Each of the four dozen-plus spy crafts comes at a … Continue reading

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The Power of Rock Compels Them

If the character in the Tripoli street art on the right looks familiar, then you’re probably a fan of the band Disturbed and their breakout cover of Land of Confusion. So are the Libyan youth who charged out to battle … Continue reading

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Moammar Gadhafi Chose His Death

The Libyan revolution lasted nine months. According to the Vice President, America’s involvement cost the US taxpayer about $2 billion — less than one week’s expenses in Afghanistan. It turns out that helping people free themselves is cheaper in blood … Continue reading

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“We Are the Youth of Today”

The Libya Al Hurra TV crew singing “We Are the Youth of Today.” Their message is conspicuously lacking in fodder for concern trolls.

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Morning Awful: Missing SAMs

This is actually a threat. I experienced a SAM scare on a MAC flight into Kuwait once; it wasn’t fun, and it happened more than four years before the war with al-Qaeda was even on the horizon for most Americans. … Continue reading

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