Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

Cosby’s Inciteful Insights on Muslims

June 26th, 2013

Bill Cosby’s claim Muslims are “intentionally misunderstood” misses the point. By JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator HERNDON, Va., June 25 (UPI) — The story goes a child worried his parents when, by age 10, he had yet to utter a word. One day the boy sits down to breakfast, takes a spoonful of oatmeal

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Holding Assad to Account

May 7th, 2013

During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, a 17-year old deserter successfully made his way to the West in 1981. But he found life there much different from the structured, disciplined lifestyle under which he had been raised in the Soviet Union. He felt uncomfortable with so many options in life demanding decisions. For him, it

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Does Iranian presence mean end of democracy in Iraq?

April 10th, 2013

By JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator HERNDON, Va., April 9 (UPI) — During his unannounced trip to Baghdad last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to seek greater assistance in monitoring flights from Iran to Syria flying through Iraqi airspace. Such flights are providing arms for Syrian President Bashar Assad to

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Did Syria use chemical weapons to help Iran?

April 3rd, 2013

HERNDON, Va., April 2 (UPI) — Take an unpopular dictator of an Arab country with chemical/biological weapons in his arsenal and there is one certainty: He will implement every possible safety factor to ensure no one gains access to employ them against him. While these leaders revere the use of such weapons against their foes, they

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What Obama can learn from Saddam Hussein

January 23rd, 2013

JAMES ZUMWALT || UPI Outside View Commentator HERNDON, Va., Jan. 22 (UPI) — Having met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Washington to work out the post-2014 mission for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, U.S. President Barack Obama could learn a lesson from the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. In September 1980, Saddam attacked Iran but

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James Zumwalt gives keynote address at the Veterans Day Commemoration at the Ronald Reagan Library

November 14th, 2012

James Zumwalt speaks about the need to support veterans returning from the war on terrorism during his keynote address at the Veterans Day Commemoration at the Ronald Reagan Library.

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US “Responsibility to Protect” Haunted by Ghosts

May 16th, 2012

Published in Family Security Matters May 15, 2012 With the Arab Spring having sprung, what is the international community’s responsibility to act when violence, internal to a state, claims innocent civilian lives?  The question was answered by the UN even before the dawning of the Arab Spring. In 1994, within a 100 day period, an

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Truth about Peace in Iraq – They Can’t Handle it

January 24th, 2012

Published: January 23, 2012 in Family Security Matters The unsurprising news from Iraq now that US forces have withdrawn is that violence is up. Deadly attacks in the country have already claimed more than 460 civilian lives since the December 18th withdrawal–representing a 35% increase over the average monthly death rate for 2011. Militants filled the power

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Iraq’s “Mission Accomplished” Banner Hides True Realities of U.S. Withdrawal

November 2nd, 2011

Published in Family Security Matters, November 2, 2011 Above the massive bronze doors at the entrance to the US Naval Academy Chapel is etched a Latin phrase indoctrinating life’s priorities into the young midshipman passing through them. It reads “Non Sibi Sed Patraiae,” which means “Not for self but for country.” As these midshipmen embark upon a

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Iraqi Journalist’s Death Sends a Warning “To Whomever Listens”

September 26th, 2011

Published in Family Security Matters, September 16, 2011 Hadi al-Mahdi, who was shot dead on September 8th. He was home alone. According to the ominous entry on his Facebook page reporting his life was in danger, it was approximately 2:30 pm. He was right—he had but minutes to live. An Iraqi journalist,  Hadi al-Mahdi hosted a three-day-a-week radio

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