John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush, has written an op-ed calling for the U.S. to build a new nation in Iraq and Syria. Bolton writes, "Today's reality is that Iraq and Syria as we have known them are gone. The Islamic State has carved out a new entity from the post-Ottoman Empire settlement. Rather than striving to recreate the post-World War I map, Washington should recognize the new geopolitics. The best alternative to the Islamic State in northeastern Syria and western Iraq is a new, independent Sunni state. This Sunni state proposal differs sharply from the vision of the Russian-Iranian axis and its proxies (Hezbollah, Mr. Assad and Tehran-backed Baghdad). Their aim of restoring Iraqi and Syrian governments to their former borders is a goal fundamentally contrary to American, Israeli and friendly Arab state interests. Make no mistake, this new Sunni state's government is unlikely to be a Jeffersonian democracy for many years. But this is a region where alternatives to secular military or semi-authoritarian governments are scarce. Security and stability are sufficient ambitions." read more
Ben Carson initially jumped to fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump's defense when Trump said Sunday he saw "thousands" of people in New Jersey celebrating right after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But Carson has since walked back his comment.
"He was hearing and thinking something differently at the time," his communications director said.
"I saw the film of it, yes," Carson told reporters Monday of Trump's claim that thousands in New Jersey, where Trump said there are "large Arab populations," were celebrating the fall of the Twin Towers.
Dr. Carson does not stand behind the statement attributed to him early today regarding events surrounding 9/11. read more
Most Israeli cities have been treated to the standard poster of the final "Hunger Games" installment, featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen posing with her bow and arrow. But in the ultra-Orthodox suburb of Bnei Brak, as well as in Israel's capital city Jerusalem where several neighborhoods are heavily religious residents instead received a censored version of the poster, featuring only an image of the fiery crown.
Extremely religious versions of Judaism consider the female image to be licentious, and ultra-Orthodox newspapers, catalogues and advertisements routinely edit out photographs of females entirely. City posters in Bnei Brak and Jerusalem featuring images of women have been often been vandalized, and Bnei Brak specifically, the city municipality bans public images that could be deemed offensive to its religious population.
Some Americans are once again threatening to move to Canada after U.S. President Barack Obama said he would veto a Republican bill that would slow the process of bringing Syrian refugees into the country.
"ISIS threatens are (sic) White House but we are still letting refugees come? Who's ready to move to Canada?" a young man named Jesse Sander wrote on Twitter.
"If our country allows in Syrian refugees, I'm moving to Canada," @mmalkoskie wrote.
The irony, of course, is that the United States has said it will bring in 10,000 next year. Canada has pledged to bring 25,000 refugees to this country before the end of the year.
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Federal court documents provide some disturbing details about an apparent plot by white supremacists in Chesterfield to incite a race war. They include plans to bomb and shoot up black churches and Jewish synagogues, as well as a plot to kill a local jewelry dealer, and rob an armored car, among other crimes. The crimes were to provide the proceeds to purchase land, weapons and training for the so-called coming race war. read more