All posts by Tyler Koteskey

If we blame the Paris attacks on our Muslim neighbors or Syrian refuges, ISIS wins

The world is still in shock from yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, which killed at least 129 and injured 352. The killing was France’s worst attack since World War II, and the deadliest in the West since the Madrid train bombings of 2004. ISIS has claimed credit for the deaths and the evidence suggests they aren’t bluffing.

Sadly, some are already giving in to the climate of fear and assaulting innocents who had nothing to do with Friday’s tragedy. A migrant camp in Calais, home to over 6,000 migrants from Syria and North Africa, was set ablaze today, presumably in retaliation for the Paris attacks.

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Hillary ran for hawk-in-chief last night

Americans might have thought they were listening to John McCain or Lindsey Graham during last night’s Democratic debate.

Because Hillary Clinton unquestionably sounded like she was running for hawk-in-chief. On nearly every foreign policy question, Clinton’s answers seemed interchangeable with the most neoconservative-friendly candidates running in the Republican primary.

Hillary made a point of emphatically defending the war in Libya, which has left the country an embattled, smoldering ruin. She said that “President Obama made the right decision at the time.”

Just like Marco Rubio said in 2011.

Defending the complete fiasco that has become Libya post-intervention, Clinton argued:

“The Libyan people had a free election the first time since 1951. And you know what, they voted for moderates, they voted with the hope of democracy. Because of the Arab Spring, because of a lot of other things, there was turmoil to be followed.”

“Rosy” would be putting Hillary’s version of these events mildly.

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Why Rand Paul was right to call Carly Fiorina an isolationist

“Man, are we lucky she wasn’t president during the Cold War.” Those were the words Rand Paul had for Carly Fiorina during his “Situation Room” interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday.

Blitzer had asked Paul how he would respond to the Russian build-up in Syria. The Kentucky Senator’s response echoed previous standout lines during the Presidential debates.

“I think the first thing that’s important is to have open lines of communication.” Given recent events, Paul’s answer seems all the more prescient. What was the result of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s thus-far refusal to communicate with his counterpart in Moscow? A climate in which the United States got notice of Russia’s first airstrikes in Syria by way of a three-star general marching into the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and giving a one hour notice to clear any personnel from projected strike zones.

Paul made the abundantly reasonable suggestion that it might be a good idea “to know where everybody is flying and what their goal is.” Paul charged Fiorina with wanting to “diplomatically isolate” the US by refusing to engage with our adversaries.

History justifies the Senator’s caution.

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