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Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.




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Why call those who fight for ISIS “Americans”?

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Posted by    Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:25am
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It’s really just common sense: “Americans” who leave this country to fight for ISIS, or any other country or entity or group who is our enemy, should no longer be referred to as “Americans” by the press.

I know; fat chance.

Also, the laws governing the involuntary revocation of citizenship should...

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Academic left and Islamists joined at the anti-Israel hip

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 10:02am
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No, they don’t come right out and say they support Hamas, but that’s the effective message of the petition these historians signed, which condemns Israel for “war crimes,” and asks the US to withdraw military aid from the country. And Hamas? It’s never even mentioned. It’s as though it...

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Competing media narratives of Darren Wilson and Michael Brown

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Posted by    Monday, August 25, 2014 at 12:25pm
(Police Protecting Courthouse, Ferguson MO)

On Saturday the WaPo featured a wordy piece devoted to Darren Wilson’s dysfunctional family of origin, and the racial and other problems in the police force he used to work for, difficulties that seem to have had nothing whatsoever to do with him. As William A. Jacobson has written, it’s an...

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Reports: Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was beaten by Michael Brown

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8:00pm
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson

Fox News is reporting that police officer Darren Wilson was severely beaten by Michael Brown during the confrontation that ended with Brown’s death:

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye...

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American journalist James Foley reportedly beheaded by ISIS

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:09pm
James Foley Journalist beheaded ISIS

ISIS has released a video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley, who had been missing for almost two years. The video, which also threatens to do the same to a man identified as American journalist Steven Sotloff, will not be linked to on this blog.

Foley ...

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Eyewitness testimony often unreliable, as Michael Brown case already shows

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Posted by    Monday, August 18, 2014 at 9:00pm
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According to the preliminary report from the autopsy requested by the Michael Brown family, Brown was shot six times, four in the right arm and two in the head, the last head shot killing him. All of the shots entered from the front.

These findings could end up being revised, but so...

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Has Obama checked out?

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Posted by    Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:52pm
Obama 2008 Acceptance Speech

We keep hearing that Obama has checked out and is no longer interested in being president.

But was he ever especially interested in the work of being president? From the very start, what seemed to interest him was giving speeches and campaigning.

For the rest, he appeared to believe that...

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RIP Robin Williams

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 5:15pm
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My first thought on hearing the news of Robin Williams’ death was that it was shocking because he was “only” 63. Just a moment later, when it came out that he probably had killed himself, that was even more shocking.

But although it was shocking and disturbing it wasn’t so very...

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Can we “understand” evil?

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Posted by    Monday, August 11, 2014 at 3:37pm
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ISIS is the embodiment of evil. But:

“We don’t understand real evil, organized evil very well,” said America’s former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, in an interview with The New York Times. “This is evil incarnate.”

“People like [Islamic State commander] Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi have been in a fight for a...

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ISIS and Yazidi: barbarism’s back, and how little we are doing about it

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Posted by    Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8:20am
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Post-9/11, I read a quip that went something like this: “I just realized what the problem is with the 21st century. We got the numbers mixed up. It’s not 2001, it’s 1200.”

In the ensuing years, barbarism and religious wars have made a strong comeback—not that they’d ever really...

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Hiroshima atomic bomb 69th anniversary

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 4:15pm
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Today is the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, with Nagasaki following three days later, and the surrender of Japan on August 15, 1945.

To date these two bombs remain—astoundingly enough, considering the nature of our oft-troubled and troubling species—the only nuclear warheads ever detonated over...

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Reacting to amnesty

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 5:07pm
Illegal-Immigration

Congress been mulling over some sort of amnesty plan for illegal immigrants for a very long time, whether it’s been called “amnesty” or whether euphemisms are used to substitute for the word.

But there’s a reason Congress hasn’t done much about it, and that’s because the American people don’t want...

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Second Variety: terrorists who put children in harm’s way

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Posted by    Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5:19pm
Rockets fired from Gaza civilian area at Israel

How do you fight an enemy that is willing—nay, eager—to force you to kill its children even if you don’t want to?

That’s the situation Israel faces against Hamas. It’s the situation we face against Islamist terrorists, too, because they use such techniques as one of their primary tools, and the...

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Kerry and the illusory “peace plan”

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Posted by    Monday, July 21, 2014 at 8:54pm
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There’s a long, long article appearing in TNR that professes to be “The Explosive, Inside Story of How John Kerry Built an Israel-Palestine Peace Plan—and Watched It Crumble.” It’s worth reading, but perhaps not for...

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