Why Obama Should Remember Eisenhower’s Vietnam Doubts BY JEFFREY FRANK

The New Yorker / View Original 4 Sep 2013 EISENHOWER 1954, OBAMA 2013 In April, 1954, President Eisenhower was being pressured to take military action in Vietnam, where the French were losing a symbolically important battle at Dien Bien Phu and were about to be driven out of what was then their colony. At a press …

AL QAEDA MUST BE CONFRONTED IN SYRIA By Joel Brinkley (and Ogres: DeM Banter)

DeM Banter:  Very true... and one of many editorials this AM on Syria, The POTUS, and Congress.  The conflict in Syria has morphed several times over the past 2-3 years.  Now the rebels are heavily backed by al Qaeda and in some cases...there are not rebels...only al Qaeda.  So if Assad is hit are we simply opening …

ADVISORY BOARD TO SUGGEST MILITARY HEAVY ON RESERVES By Andrew Tilghman

DeM Banter:  One (of many) holes in this logic...why would anyone sign up?  Recall the Brits are facing issues with not being able to meet their recruiting goals as they switched to a heavier reserve component. If you are working 40-60 hours a week to feed the family...would folks take on an additional reserve job--when …

Street Killings Underscore Iraq’s Rising Unrest By Adam Schreck

DeM Banter: ...Iraq...not necessarily covered in the mainstream press any longer, but something to pay very close attention to...how do we avoid this? And this with a full ground invasion...using a Libya airpower model in Syria...will it work? Speaking of work...what is success in Syria? And speaking of Libya...things there are not good either...the silence …