ISIS in Syria

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dion Nissenbaum, Pentagon reporter for The Wall Street Journal, discusses the latest news on ISIS, including the complications that would arise if the U.S. authorizes military strikes on the group in Syria, and whether the U.S. should ever negotiate with terrorists for hostages.

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This is slightly off-topic, but for several years I have been trying to track down a documentary that I watch on PBS in the mid seventies.Since then its title has been used exponentially in many contexts, but at the time was unique. Its was called "The Sword of Islam" and it foretold with chilling accuracy the rise and threat a radical Islam. I was hoping that your crack staff of researchers may be able to find it given WNYC's affiliation with PBS and other avenues.

On a personal level, I find your show to be the go-to location for informed, intelligent and timely discussion of important issues that are given only a cursory glance by the so-called main stream media. Never use the word "retirement" in any manner; the public would be sorely served by your replacement.

Aug. 30 2014 08:25 AM

Golf Boy’s enduring “historic” legacy – a decline in U.S. defense capabilities for decades and a shift in the balance of power to China as the supreme naval force.

"Report: China strives for fastest submarine ever" - WASHINGTON POST

"China’s Navy in frenzy to build new nuclear-powered attack subs" - WASH TIMES

"A Losing Battle to Avoid a Hollow American Navy" - Bryan McGrath, RCD

(The U.S. Navy’s attack submarine fleet is slated to drop steadily from 55 currently active to 41 by 2028, according to the service’s most recent shipbuilding plan.)

Aug. 26 2014 11:26 AM
The Truth from Rebekkah

So immature and flat out ridiculous to continue to blame the President. Advisors to the president not you and your envious comments, "O'bigoted one" will determine when the white house should act.

Aug. 26 2014 11:25 AM

192 days spent golfing .... and half of the remainder fundraising in the living rooms of rich limousine liberals.

878 days and 53 minutes until Golf Boy leaves the White House and Brian can puff him up as "historic" ... with little else to say for him.

Aug. 26 2014 11:06 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey


"Foley made a difference because it forced GOLF BOY to come off the links and pay attention."

Even though the President you derogatorily refer to as 'golf boy' has 2/3 fewer days off than Dubya.

Can your bigotry be made any more plain?

Aug. 26 2014 10:39 AM

I can... almost... see fighting over Jerusalem, it's the beginning of civilization, but ISIS/L is holding up a desert... the worst land on the planet. Talk about burning in h*ll. what a waste of time.

Aug. 26 2014 10:28 AM

Another reason that Foley made a difference is that the Liberal White Boy Media got upset about one of their own being beheaded.

("regular" humans can be beheaded ... no big deal)

Aug. 26 2014 10:22 AM

Foley made a difference because it forced GOLF BOY to come off the links and pay attention.

Aug. 26 2014 10:18 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The Kurds are Israel's only ally in the region. If they ever get independence, it's game over for our mutual adversaries.

Aug. 26 2014 10:15 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The US has no allies in the region except Turkey which is member of NATO. But it did nothing for us during the Iraq war. Contrary to popular mythology Israel is not any ally and has no allies. The US officially allied with 40 countries in the world but Israel is not one of them. The US has never offered Israel a treaty of alliance, but it does not matter. In 164 BC the Romans became official allies of the Maccabean Jewish state but 100 years later occupied it, and 150 years after that destroyed the last Jewish state. So alliances really don't mean squat.

Israel's protection is either the God of Israel, or if you don't believe in that stuff then the alleged 300 nuclear weapons which it allegedly has in its arsenal. Those are 300 sure allies!

Aug. 26 2014 10:10 AM
Jerry from NYC

do not pay a ransom for adventurers, it would be very expensive reporting, reporters go there at their own risk, how many thousands of people will be killed because of the money other countries paid for the hostages? for one guy thousands of dead, maybe the money will be used to terrorise them, or us?

Aug. 26 2014 10:09 AM

Just listening to the BBC they said the Kurds are now beating back ISIL. We will bomb anyways just for the heck of it just to throw a monkey wrench in the works.

Aug. 26 2014 10:07 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from the Emir of Qatar:

"Hagel takes orders like a champ and is pushing our "ISIL = Delta Force crossed w/Khmer Rouge" disinformation campaign across all media outlets. Soon we will force the great satan to deploy into Iraq and Syria to destroy Assad, erh, I mean ISIL and we can finally run our nat gas pipeline through Syria into Europe like we've wanted for so, so very long. Allahu Akbar!"

Aug. 26 2014 09:29 AM

Maybe our "number one ally" can take a break from bombing women and children and help us bomb ISIS instead.

Aug. 26 2014 09:26 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). (via Don Hank, 10:35 PM Monday)

"We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically.
This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and
is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night.
The UN evacuated it's staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"

Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS
and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region.

Aug. 26 2014 08:28 AM

OTHER VIEWS OF THIS outside the Liberal White Boy bubble -

"Obama Doesn't Get Radical Islam" - Jennifer Braceras, Boston Herald

"Too Detached to Lead?" - Michael Gerson, Washington Post

"Making Excuses for President Obama" - Noemie Emery, Weekly Standard

"Events Stoke Debate over Obama's Worldview" - Zachary Goldfarb, Wash Post

"Who's Friend and Foe in Obama's Worldview?" - Aaron Menenberg, RCD

"Iraq Explains Why Not to Leave Afghanistan" - Paul Miller, Foreign Policy

Aug. 26 2014 08:02 AM

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