In July, Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, officially spun off from the terrorist organization and rebranded itself as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (“Front for the Conquest of Syria”). The actual reasons for the spinoff are still not entirely clear, nor what it indicates as to the state of affairs within Al Qaeda. Prima facie one […]Read more "Al Qaeda’s Unconvincing Explanations for Fracturing"
As Thought Front has discussed before, there can often be unintended consequences of strategic bombing. Facilities or infrastructure that may bolster the Islamic State may also provide vital services to ordinary civilians suffering under its hegemony. That includes bombing oil fields resulting in higher food and heating oil prices for civilians, and the loss of […]Read more "More Consequences of Bombing ISIS"
As Thought Front has discussed before, the Islamic State has been losing substantial amounts of territory in Iraq and Syria, and the increase in terrorist attacks outside of their territory is likely an attempt on its part to give the impression it is strong – a tactic that appears to be working given the public […]Read more "ISIS Admits It Is Losing"
There have been various accusations that the Democratic National Committee somehow “rigged” the presidential primaries in order for Hillary Clinton to gain the nomination. The evidence to support this is debatable and largely circumstantial, and deserves its own column. Nevertheless, Sanders supporters claiming the primary was rigged should remember one thing: a decade ago, the […]Read more "When Democrats Rigged an Election for Bernie Sanders"
Donald Trump, the man whose daily output of bold remarks rivals that of the sun’s rising each morning in reliability, made yet another one of his salacious and factually incorrect claims. Namely, that President Obama not only created Islamic State, but that the group honors him: “ISIS is honoring President Obama. He’s the founder of […]Read more "No, Donald Trump, Islamic State Does Not Honor Obama"
What did Donald Trump do this time to earn coverage on this blog? After Khizr Khan, accompanied by his wife Ghazala, gave a well-received speech condemning Trump at the Democratic National Convention, Trump responded on ABC News. Seemingly grasping at straws for something about Khan to attack, Trump baselessly speculated that only Mr. Khan spoke […]Read more "Donald Trump’s Recent Slander Is Hypocritical"
Donald Trump’s entrance was among many things to mock about the first night of the Republican Convention. Coming out with heavy backlighting (perhaps even fog), and accompanied by the Queen song “We Are the Champions,” Trump gave an entrance that reminded people of the WWE, where he has made many appearances. “Donald Trump’s first appearance […]Read more "Donald Trump Is Not the First Person to Make a Pro Wrestling-Style Entrance at a Convention: Bill Clinton Did It, Too"