Syria scapegoating

Last week the U.S launched a retaliatory strike on Syria against alleged chemical attacks by the Assad regime upon a segment of their own citizens. This action is problematic on several levels and reverses President Trump’s assertions just a few weeks before that he would be “withdrawing our troops from Syria”. This action teeters on the brink of massive geopolitical consequences and the questions need to be asked: just exactly what is going on here? The whole premise of chemical attacks by Assad on his own people is specious from…

Polite Politics Podcast Season 2, #6: ISIS & Syria

In the latest Polite Politics Podcast, Tyler explains the history of ISIS and what is happening in Syria. Along the way, he discusses: The refugee crisis Overheated rhetoric on all sides Which president is responsible for growth of ISIS And much more… Be sure to listen to the latest Polite Politics Podcast. The following links provide some extra information if you want to read more. History of ISIS Map of ISIS controlled areas Timeline of Syria Unrest Timeline of US Involvement in Syria Subscribe for more Polite Politics

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Nov. 19, 2015

Where the hell to start? Syrian refugees? UTA? National monuments? Oh hey, pot! It was interim yesterday, though to be honest, if you are reading this and didn’t know that, you really need to find another line of work. • An interim committee approved a bill that makes medicinal cannabidiol available to certain Utah patients with certain conditions. It leaves out THC, which is the, shall we say, mind melting part of marijuana. While perhaps a step forward, Sen. Mark Madsen is less than pleased. “[I]t’s folly to pull out…

ISIS Crisis should Alarm All Americans [Hub Debate]

The United States has said that the fall of Mosul, Iraq to ISIS poses a threat to the entire region. As ISIS continues to occupy areas of Syria and Iraq, allegedly conducting mass killings among the populations there, is there a role for American intervention? Why or why not? With ISIS making inroads in Iraq and Syria, persecuting Christians and spouting anti-European and anti-American dogma, should the U.S. be concerned and should we intervene in the events now engulfing the Middle East? Let us begin by examining this regime in…

The Hub Debate Topic: ISIS & American Intervention

The Hub Debate Topic: ISIS & American Intervention Utah Politico Hub Readers and Contributors:The United States has said that the fall of Mosul, Iraq to ISIS poses a threat to the entire region. As ISIS continues to occupy areas of Syria and Iraq, allegedly conducting mass killings among the populations there, is there a role for American intervention? Why or why not?What do you think? Give us your thoughts about the immigration crisis in 500 words or less, and we’ll publish it at Utah Politico Hub.For more about ISIS, consider these…

Syrian Rebels Funded by the United States at What Cost?

Once again the federal government wants to give aid to those that have aligned themselves with the United States out of necessity instead of loyalty or common ideology. Last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) passed its annual authorization bill for the Department of Defense, which included a provision that would authorize the Secretary of Defense to provide a broad range of assistance, including lethal aid, to opposition forces in Syria.  Senator Lee Press Release The New York Times International explains what the Syrian opposition looks like.  The video…