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Retired Marine Gen. John R. Allen, Obama's new envoy to the "anti-ISIS coalition," was much in mind while I was writing this week's column even if he is not part of the column's short roll call for the pandering to Islam that is codifed in COIN.

Now Allen gets his own story (below). Note his anti-ISIS deputy: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bret McGurk. McGurk withdrew his nomination to be ambassador to Iraq after a series of inappropriate emails to a woman not his wife (and WSJ reporter) were leaked to media. Allen withdrew his nomination to be supreme allied commander in Europe, after thousands of pages of emails to a woman not his wife were discovered in an FBI investigation.

... The thing is, this isn't a joke. Or, if it is, the laugh's definitely...

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This week's syndicated column

In the summer of 2009, U.S. Marines pushed into Afghanistan's Helmand province to begin the new offensive that President Obama had ordered based on the model of the President Bush's Iraq strategy of nation-building and counter-insurgency (COIN). This fall, a little over five years later, U.S. Marines turned over their last base in Helmand to Afghan forces and, except for a residual force, left the country.

And?

Maybe a crescendo in background noise, but not much else. Surely, after 13 years of war, it's not too soon for a public reckoning. Then again, maybe it's too late. Maybe Americans have forgotten the fiasco of vision, strategy and tactics that civilian and military leaders forced onto the backs of U.S. service members. If so, it's worth returning to those early days of this war's final phase.

It started with that childish, lethal idea -- COIN. The U.S.-led...

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John Clore, Duke and friends. Photo by Jennifer Kneuss

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While working on this week's forthcoming column, I came across the story below about Duke, the bomb-sniffing dog and companion of the late Lance Cpl. Peter Clore. I wrote about Lance Cpl. Clore, who was killed in action in May 2011, in this column

The Marines turned over their last base in Afghanistan earlier this week, but that doesn't mean the war ends, as this March 20, 2013 story by Jennifer Kneuss, tells us.

"Fallen Marine's Bomb-Sniffing Dog Comes Home to New Phila":

IDD Marine Corporal Duke is home, honorably discharged after a several years of brave and valiant service in the U.S....

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From the Facebook Page of David Rustebakke, a veterinarian in Clarkston, WA:

The present Ebola crisis in the world is frightening. I have submitted the following letter to the editor of the Lewiston Morning Tribune:

Editor, Lewiston Morning Tribune:

If I wish to import a horse into the United States from Liberia or any African country other than Morocco, the horse needs to undergo a 60 day quarantine period at a USDA approved quarantine facility prior to mingling with the general population of horses in this country. Africa has a disease called African Horse Sickness that does not exist in the US; this is the way we have kept it out of this country. African Horse Sickness does not cause disease in people, only horses; our government has determined that...

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EuroCanada graphic: "Screening of sickle cell disease in newborn babies in mainland France from 2005 to 2013. The values are per region and in percent of the total number born that year. As this genetic illness is mostly confined to non-Europeans, primarily Africans, the ethnic origin of newborns can be derived from the data (see below for sources; map composed by FDesouche)."     



Via Galliawatch, a stunning study by Falko Baumgartner published at EuroCanada about the "Africanization" of France. Bottom line: In the past 13 years, the percentage of babies born in France to at least one non-European parent has grown from about one-fifth to more than one-third. 

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