Large areas of northern Syria are now under the control of jihadi groups and militias who, whatever else they may disagree about, are united in their opposition to western values and interests.
Syria is in the process of becoming a bridgehead to Europe for al Qaida and like-minded fanatics. It is already a magnet for young European Muslim men who want a piece of the global jihad. They then bring their new "skills" home.
The worms will eat away
“The Fort Hood headlines everywhere today are using the words 'PTSD' and 'troubled.' I completely understand that, as human beings, we all search to find an answer around something this tragic"
"But focusing on PTSD could affect service members who would otherwise seek help for these symptoms in the future -– and those who are carrying the diagnosis today."
As the failures mount up
More than 2,300 people have been killed in Iraq so far this year, with unrest at its highest level since 2008 during a brutal sectarian war that left tens of thousands dead.
A car bomb in northern Iraq, near the restive ethnically-mixed town of Tuz Khurmatu, killed four soldiers and wounded 12 other people
The Obama administration is not going to permit its allies to use the United States as a proxy.