[VIDEO] GlobalPost CEO: James Foley’s Murder ‘Cannot Go Unanswered’

“I would say this: Something needs to be done to respond to this brutal murder. I think we have to take a stronger stand with the Islamic State.”

Via The Corner:

GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni told MSNBC he is confident that the U.S. government “tried very hard,” and he has communicated with officials since Foley was kidnapped in November 2012. In light of Foley’s death, though, the government must do more, he said.

“I would say this: Something needs to be done to respond to this brutal murder.”

“I’m not an expert — I don’t know what exactly should be done — but this brutal murder of an American citizen cannot go unanswered,” he said…(read more)

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U.S. Intelligence Confirms Authenticity of Video Showing Americans Foley, Sotloff

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Mr. Foley was one of dozens of journalists kidnapped and missing in Syria

WASHINGTON— WSJs Andrew Grossman reporting: U.S. intelligence agencies have confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

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“You are no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic army.”

Militants from the group Islamic State released a video on Tuesday that appeared to show the beheading of Mr. Foley in an act of retribution for U.S. airstrikes on the group in Iraq.

U.S. intelligence agencies have analyzed the video and judged it to be authentic, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council said Wednesday. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a statement Wednesday afternoon addressing the apparent murder of Mr. Foley.

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“I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope of freedom and seeing my family again. But that ship has sailed.”

The graphic video raised new dangers for Mr. Obama’s Middle East policy. It showed a masked militant, speaking in British-accented English, threatening to kill more Americans if the U.S. military campaign continued. Read the rest of this entry »


China and The Art of (losing) War

These traditional Russian Matryoshka dolls feature Chinese leaders since the overthrow of the imperial Qing dynasty in 1911, through 2002. Sinologist Edward Luttwak argues that the country has suffered immensely due to its rulers dependence on Sun Tzu's strategy masterpiece, The Art of War. Goh Chai Hin AFP/Getty Images

 Sinologist Edward Luttwak argues that the country has suffered immensely due to its rulers dependence on Sun Tzu’s strategy masterpiece, The Art of War. Goh Chai Hin. AFP/Getty Images

HONG KONG —  writes:  There’s no question that Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” is a brilliant strategy manual.

Everyone from Oracle’s Larry Ellison to the New England Patriots’ Coach Belichick has cited the ancient general’s maxims.

Even Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf was a Sun Tzu devotee.

But when it comes to China’s foreign policy, Sun Tzu’s theories is leading China astray.

That’s one of the intriguing arguments put forward by Edward Luttwak, a China expert and military strategist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in his new book, “The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy.

Luttwak argues that by bullying its neighbors and resorting too often to deception, China is suffering the shortcomings of ancient strategic ideas. These practices, he says, have generated resentment toward China. Read the rest of this entry »