Monday, January 5, 2015

Binocular Snapshot for 01/05/2015

LastDayWatchers you already know

The problem can be traced to what the US conservative columnist George Will has called the "ruinous grandiosity" of George W. Bush's "freedom agenda."

The invasion ended their hold on power and presaged the rise of the majority Shia who overtly champion a sectarian identity.

Christopher Hill former ambassador to Iraq wrote "The failure of neoconservatives and their fellow travellers to explain what they were trying to accomplish in Iraq remains one of the most disgraceful performances by a foreign policy class in America."
It is also important to recognise why the jihadists promote footage of carefully choreographed beheadings of Western hostages: they want to draw America and her allies deeper into Iraq.

The failure to understand Iraq's sectarianism helps explain today's mess.

A separate explosion struck near Kabul’s international airport earlier on Monday, Kabul was hit by a high number of attacks in the last weeks of 2014, as the Taliban targeted government, military and foreign installations. A total of six foreigners were killed.

Taliban attacks have increasingly been testing the ability of the Afghan army.