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THE COMING WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST

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If anyone believes that the conflict between Islamic extremists and those they make war on isn’t going to result in a monumental conflict that will go down along with the great wars of history they are sadly mistaken.

The warning signs are all around us. The Islamic State, al-Qai’da, Boko Haram, Ansar Al-Shari’a , Al Nusra (a total of more than 30 groups on the State Department Terrorist list since 9/11/2001) are growing in strength and numbers. Daily atrocities in the territories they control and terrorist attacks in the areas they target are on the increase. When the Islamic State says “We will conquer Rome,” the don’t believe they are making an idle boast.

At the same time governments they target, most notably the United States, are doing what so many before them have done. They are failing to define and recognize the threat and do what’s necessary to defeat it before it gets completely out of hand. It’s only a matter of time before large-scale terrorist attacks take place in Europe and the United States, forcing the U.S. and its allies to react much as they did after 9/11/2001. This time however, it will become a multi-national conflagration that will take much longer than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Five, 10 or 50 years after every major war we look back in hindsight at the obvious things governments could have done to avoid the conflict or defeat the enemy before it got too strong; but then as now governments convince themselves the threat isn’t that great or they can handle it “when the time comes.”

Yes, the United States, the leader of the free world and the only government capable of providing leadership in the war against Islamic extremism, is war-weary after more than a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and now in Syria and Iraq. But that’s no excuse when the threat of exponentially greater loss of life and treasure is in the balance.

Experts can provide numerous scenarios that demonstrate how a war in the Middle East cold engulf the entire region, involve Iran and large numbers of U.S. ground forces. Given the United States has no grand strategy for how to defeat Islamic extremism, any one of these scenarios could easily play out.

It is now clear that nothing anyone says or does is likely to convince the Obama administration of the error of its ways. It will go right on pretending that fighting international terrorism is like fighting urban crime, calling 21 beheaded Egyptians “Egyptian citizens” instead of Egyptian Christians, and refusing to call Islamic terrorism Islamic extremism. How much further into the abyss we will fall before President Obama leaves office is difficult to predict. And if there is another major terrorist attack in the United States, don’t expect President Obama to behave any differently.

So what can Americans do in the meantime? Prepare yourself and your family for a national emergency. Express yourself loudly and clearly to you Representative in Congress and your Senator. And Make your concerns known to anyone who calls you conducting a public opinion survey. Most important, vote for the presidental candidate that you believe will do what’s necessary to defeat Islamic extremism and defend America in the future.

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IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: WORSE THAN VIETNAM?

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The way things are going in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prospects for lasting victory are fading with worse long-term consequences than Vietnam. The human cost of the Vietnam War was far greater than it has been in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I choose to believe that our warriors did not die in vain in Vietnam because we ultimately won the Cold War of which the wars in Korea and Vietnam were part. Still, we lost the Vietnam War and suffered lasting consequences as a result. What’s at stake in the Middle East is greater than what was at stake in Vietnam. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com

 

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CHINESE CHESS

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China extending its air-defense identification zone (ADIZ) to include the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, of which Japan has administrative control, is China’s latest move in the strategic chess game for power and influence in Asia. It’s one more step in China’s strategy to erode U.S. and its ally’s military superiority in the region. The Obama administration’s “pivot” or “rebalancing” to Asia is intended to counter China’s strategy, but it will only work if Washington firmly stands its ground when China challenges it.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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DON PUTIN MAKES OBAMA AN OFFER HE CAN’T REFUSE

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Watching Russian President Vladimir Putin outsmart President Obama, I felt like I was watching a remake of The Godfather. No matter how you feel about Barack Obama, no American should enjoy watching the top Russian crime boss make the world’s top cop look foolish.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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PRESIDENT OBAMA BLINKS

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The president who has treated Congress as if it were an advisory board rather than a co-equal branch of government suddenly wants congressional authorization, which he does not require, for a military strike on Syria.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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ASSAD, CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND OBAMA

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A year ago, President Barack Obama said that if the Bashar al-Assad regime used chemical weapons in Syria, it would cross a red line that would result in “serious consequences.” Last week, Assad crossed that line again, killing hundreds and debilitating several thousand with a chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus. Will President Obama impose serious consequences this time?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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TWO ALTERNATIVE EXPLANATIONS FOR THE BENGHAZI COVER UP

 

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Is the Benghazi cover up just about hiding incompetence, dereliction of duty and deceptive presidential politics or are there plausible, more troubling explanations?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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WHY THE BENGHAZI STORY WON’T GO AWAY

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President Barack Obama has been adept at deflecting Republicans’ continuing questions about the 9/11/12 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Still, the story won’t go away because the explanations he and his administration have provided don’t add up, and a strong odor of cover up lingers in the air. It’s been five months since the Benghazi attack. Even if we accept the Obama administrations explanations for what happened before, during and after the attack, we still don’t know full story. What difference does it make, at this point, whether or not we know the full story? It makes a difference whenever the President of the United States attempts to deceive the American people.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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AN ISRAEL-IRAN WAR AND THE U.S. ELECTION

 

Will the 2012 presidential election’s October surprise be an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program; and how would it affect the outcome of the election?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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QADHAFI WREAKS HAVOC ON THE AMERICAN POLITICAL CONSCIENCE

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Moammar Gadhafi once again is wreaking havoc. This time it’s not over the skies of Lockerbie, Scotland, in a night club in Germany, or just in the cities and villages of Libya. He’s wreaking havoc on the American political conscience. With a reluctant president and the far left and the far right ganging up on the middle, the debate often resembles the chaos of a Marx brother’s movie. The situation, however, is deadly serious. How we deal with Qadhafi sends a message to repressors and rebels that will have a major impact on the course of events. And the sooner we have a doctrine that forms the basis of coherent strategy in the region, the more likely “Arab Spring” won’t turn out in Libya and other countries like “Prague Spring.” (More)

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