Emboldened Putin rolling over feckless Obama

To the KGB-schooled “hard men” of the Kremlin, dealing with the Obama administration is akin to taking candy from a baby

Emboldened Putin rolling over feckless ObamaPORTLAND, Ore. Oct. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/2016/09/16/yet-another-syrian-cease-fire/" height="1000" width="1200" scrollbars="1"]Syrian ceasefire[/popup] has collapsed. At best it survived 48 hours. In reality it was stillborn. The UN Security Council is expected to take up a resolution in the next few days calling for a new ceasefire, but given Russia’s veto on the…

Mustard gas – the original WMD – is set to stage a return

After an absence of almost a century, mustard gas is about to return to the modern battlefield

Mustard gas – the original WMD – is set to stage a returnPORTLAND, Ore. Oct. 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ - A little more than 100 years ago, at the Second Battle of Ypres, the German Army unleashed the first large scale use of poison gas on the Western Front. Following a two-day bombardment, the German Army simultaneously released 168 tons of chlorine gas over a four-mile front.…

Mosul’s fate can only be devastatingly tragic

The liberation of Mosul is going to be the bloodiest, most bitterly-fought urban campaign since Stalingrad

Mosul’s fate can only be devastatingly tragicPORTLAND, Ore. Sept. 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The battle for Mosul will end in tragedy for hundreds of thousands of the city's inhabitants. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi recently told the UN that the campaign to liberate Mosul would begin within weeks. He predicted victory by year’s end. U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,…

Yet another Syrian ceasefire without good prospects

Even if the U.S. succeeds in rolling back the Islamic State, one or more rebel alliances committed to Sharia law will rise up in its place

Yet another Syrian ceasefire without good prospectsPORTLAND, Ore. Sept. 16, 2016/ Troy Media/ – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have announced another ceasefire in the Syrian civil war. The end result is unlikely to be positive. Ostensibly, the purpose of the ceasefire is to allow aid convoys from Turkey to bring badly-needed supplies to the besieged…

Control the values debate, win the election

Should the Canadian government screen potential immigrants for anti-Canadian values as part of its normal screening for refugees and landed immigrants?

Control the values debate, win the electionTORONTO, Ont. Sept. 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been talking a lot about “values.” She sent out a questionnaire to Conservative partisans about it. Here’s what it said: "Should the Canadian government screen potential immigrants for anti-Canadian values as part of its normal screening for refugees and landed immigrants?"…

Identity politics Conservatives’ biggest Achilles’ heel

Kellie Leitch’s decision to enter the lion’s den of identity politics has pushed the Tories into a conversation best avoided

Identity politics Conservatives’ biggest Achilles’ heelTORONTO, Ont. Sept. 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Tory leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s proposal to screen would-be immigrants for “anti-Canadian values” has started a national conversation. For all the wrong reasons. Every right-leaning and left-leaning political party has an Achilles’ heel or two. There are proposals, plans and policies that, no matter how well intentioned,…

Horrific tragedy brought unity to America

Fifteen years after 9/11, George W. Bush's rallying cry to a stunned nation still resonates – but can Americans find common ground again?

NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ – America is in desperate need of another ‘bullhorn’ moment, to once again feel a unity and common purpose. But let us pray it does not take an atrocity like the nation experienced on Sept. 11, 2001. Three days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President George…

Turkey incursion upends Syrian battlefield

The objective is to prevent the seizure of the portion of Aleppo province by U.S.-supported Syrian Democratic Forces

Turkey incursion upends Syrian battlefieldPORTLAND, Ore. Aug. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Turkish military forces have crossed into Syria to oust Islamic State (IS) militants from the border area. The first objective was Jarabulus, an IS stronghold along the Turkish-Syrian border. It has been used to bring jihadists into Syria and smuggle out antiquities and oil. The Turkish intervention, dubbed Operation Euphrates…

Turkey and Egypt: a tale of two coups

The coups may have ended differently, but both are consequential for Middle East stability

Turkey and Egypt: a tale of two coupsPORTLAND, Ore. Aug. 5, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The eastern Mediterranean has witnessed two coups in the last three years: Egypt’s on July 3, 2013, and Turkey’s on July 16, 2016. In both, the military opposed a president committed to the steady centralization and Islamization of the country’s government. Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)…

Political twitter warriors all thumbs no action

Jason Kenney is the worst kind of Twitter troll: all bluster when typing with his thumbs, no action when he's in a position of power

Political twitter warriors all thumbs no actionTORONTO, Ont. Aug. 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ — Ah, the Twitter warriors. Sirius XM’s Charles Adler drew it to my attention on his radio program. An octogenarian Roman Catholic priest was slaughtered by Islamic State (IS) subhumans in France, his throat slit at the altar. Adler read the Twitter response of Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion: “Saddened…
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