Why the Obama administration can’t admit that we’re at war in Iraq and Syria.

So, last week we and the Kurds and the Iraqis – or the Kurds and the Iraqis and us – went and did a hostage rescue mission in Islamic State (IS) territory.  It was, by all accounts, a highly successful mission: hostages were freed, the base the hostages were in was then obliterated by the US Air Force, and ‘we*’ lost only one man to combat (Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler). As combat raids in a war zone go, this one ended very well.

Assuming, of course, you’re allowed to call it ‘combat,’ and you’re allowed to call it a ‘war.’ Which is to say: you’re not a member of the Obama administration. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, courtesy of Andrew Malcolm: (more…)


#rsrh Massive DoJ Online Poker raid.

I personally don’t give a flying leap about online poker one way or the other, although I thought that banning it in 2006 was kind of counterproductive and gave enemies of the GOP yet one more weapon to use against us with regard to libertarians.  So the news that the FBI went after three of the biggest online poker websites hammer and tongs doesn’t have any real personal significance for me.

But watching libertarians get reminded that there is “bad,” and then there is “worse?”  …Well.  Let me simply note that yes, indeed, the Democrats were trying to make themselves look better on this issue than they have apparently turned out to be.  I will also note that while libertarians and conservatives are often at loggerheads with each other, the true opposite of a libertarian viewpoint is always going to be a liberal one…

Moe Lane

(Via Instapundit.)

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