The situation across the Middle East is spinning out of control, throwing off the promise and hopes of the Arab Spring. Most Americans, even sophisticated observers among them, are confused about exactly who is doing what to whom as factions struggle and clash in a half-dozen countries. Nowhere is the region’s tragedy more exposed than in Libya, where the facts have been obfuscated by the fog of war and the manipulations of a media disinformation campaign by a former Qaddafi loyalist who calls himself General Haftar.
Bill Cowan | All Articles
Recently-released Afghan POW Bowe Bergdahl is now on his way home.
News over the weekend that al Qaeda’s black flag was flying over Fallujah underscores the tragedy which has shadowed Iraq ever since the U.S. invasion in March, 2003. U.S. forces, primarily Marines, fought vicious battles there in 2004 to wrest control of the city from Sunni insurgents. Now, some ten years later, they appear to be in control again, at least temporarily.
This Christmas my oldest son is serving his fourth combat tour overseas. With him in mind, my thoughts wander back to the vivid memories of one of my particular Christmases past.
The crash on Sunday of an Egyptian Air Force fighter should be a reminder that Egypt still needs our military aid despite the Obama administration’s decision to withhold a substantial amount of it following the ouster of President Morsi in June. The aircraft that went down was a Soviet made MIG-21, which emphasizes the fact that approximately 48 percent of the Egyptian military’s equipment is still from the Soviet era.