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Strategika: Issue 17: Caliphate Redivivus?

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Friday, August 29, 2014

Why a careful look at the 7th century can predict how the new caliphate will end.


The Case for a Broader ISIS AUMF

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Like all red-blooded national security law nerds, I have been following Jack’s excellent posts over the past week on the politics and the advisability of a potential ISIS AUMF—the last of which post, which ran yesterday, offered strategies for narrowing a potential authorization to make it more politically doable.

Graffiti depicts Muammar Gaddafi's demise in Libya
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Step Away, Do Nothing, Pat Self on Back

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Let's get this straight: The Western governments that overthrew Muammar al-Qaddafi but declined to disarm the militia that would predictably wreak havoc in Libya are now condemning the efforts of allied regional governments intervening to stanch the rise of Islamists who are dictating political outcomes contrary to election results.


Angelo Codevilla on the John Batchelor Show (19:19)

interview with Angelo M. Codevillavia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Military History Working Group Member Angelo Codevilla discusses ISIS on the John Batchelor Show.

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A Politically Palatable Authorization to Use Force Against IS [UPDATED]

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One senses growing pressure, within and without the White House, for the President to seek authorization from Congress for what he and his aides say will be a long battle against the Islamic State (IS).

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Nothing To Do With Islam, Part 2

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, August 25, 2014

In his comments on the jihad being waged by the Islamic State in northern Iraq (ISIL), President Obama recycled yet again the shopworn false knowledge about Islam that continues to compromise our response to Muslim violence.

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Why the President Should Seek Congressional Authorization for the Use of Force Against The Islamic State [UPDATE on War Powers Resolution]

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, August 22, 2014

A few days ago I discussed why President Obama is shying away from seeking congressional authorization to use force against The Islamic State (IS, or ISIS, or ISIL).  But as the aims and scope of U.S. military involvement against IS expand on a daily basis, the case for the President getting Congress formally on board continues to grow.  That case, as I see it, is as follows.

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Final ISIS Email To Foley's Parents: Intel Experts See Warning - And Recruitment Effort

quoting Abraham D. Sofaervia International Business Times
Thursday, August 21, 2014

The email sent to Global Post from ISIS explaining why the militants were killing reporter James Foley isn’t just a warning to U.S. leaders, it’s a statement of intent and a smart piece of PR, say foreign policy and national security affairs experts. “It’s not an entirely primitive document,” said Abraham Sofaer, the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University.


The Politics of War Powers in Iraq

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The WSJ reports that the initial success of American airstrikes in Iraq is spurring a push for broader military engagement against the Islamic State (IS, or ISIS, or ISIL) in Iraq.  Our deepening military involvement in Iraq accentuates the dysfunctional politics of war powers that Julie Hirschfeld Davis writes about in the NYT.  President Obama has reinstituted the use of force in Iraq without congressional authorization based on his inherent Article II powers. 


Kori Schake on Happening Now

interview with Kori Schakevia Happening Now (Fox News)
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Research Fellow Kori Schake discussed the recent events in Iraq on FOX News Happening Now.