Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
The Prime Minister said he would use a Nato meeting to review whether “military measures” were needed against the “barbaric” extremists of Isil.
David Cameron has raised the prospect of Britain joining American air strikes in Iraq and Syria, stating that he is prepared to “act immediately” without first informing MPs if national security is threatened.More.
The Prime Minister said he would use a Nato meeting this week to review whether “military measures” were needed against the “barbaric” extremists of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
He used a House of Commons statement to set out a series of measures to protect Britain from the thousands of European citizens who have travelled to Iraq and Syria and want to “wreak havoc on our country”.
However, there were fears on Monday that the plans could unravel after Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, threatened to block a key plank of the new anti-terrorism laws amid concerns that they infringe on human rights.
Mr Cameron was also accused of delaying measures to ban British citizens from returning to Britain if they have travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside Isil terrorists.
In his statement, Mr Cameron announced plans to give the police powers to temporarily seize passports at the border if people are thought to be travelling to Iraq or Syria.
He also said the Government will push through laws to either force terrorist suspects to relocate from their home towns or create “exclusion zones” where they are not allowed to travel.
British Jihad Preacher Anjem Choudary on #CNN: 'There's Nothing Called a Radical or Moderate Form of Islam...'
The idiot Brian Seltzer tries to get Choudary back on point, "Wait! Wait! You're warping the religion!"
Actually, he's not. Leftists are warping the religion. Anjem Choudary's telling the truth.
And of course, Choudary did a sound check "jokingly" blurting out "9/11, 7/7, 3/11" and so forth, the dates of the big attacks against the West, in New York and Washington, London and Madrid. Just a sound check, of course. Seltzer gets his big indignation on, but in the end remains as clueless as ever.
HAT TIP: Blazing Cat Fur, "A CNN host let a Muslim cleric speak freely. What he said about journalism, terrorism and sharia law in America left the host speechless."
At LAT, "FBI joins hunt for hacker who leaked nude photos of actresses."
RELATED: At BuzzFeed, "Those Jennifer Lawrence Pictures Aren’t Scandalous."
The Angels players held their fantasy football league draft after Sunday's game, which means two things: The NFL season is about to begin and so are the baseball pennant races.
The Angels will enter their race with a five-game head start after completing a four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with an 8-1 rout Sunday. But a big lead, even in September, doesn't guarantee anything. Just ask catcher Chris Iannetta, who played on a Colorado Rockies team that once made up a five-game deficit in the final 10 games of the season to reach the playoffs.
"It can swing like that," he said. "There's a lot of baseball left. There's one month, but there's many games."
And Iannetta isn't the only one preaching caution.
"We've got a long way to go. I know a lot of people are counting down. Not us," said Manager Mike Scioscia.
Added outfielder Mike Trout: "We can't get too excited yet."
Maybe. But it's hard to imagine how the Angels could be in a better position entering the home stretch. Especially when you consider where they were just three weeks ago.
When the Angels woke on Aug. 11, they were four games behind Oakland in the American League West and had just lost starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery. But the next day they started a streak that featured them winning 15 of 19 games, turning that four-game deficit into a five-game lead, the team's largest division lead since 2009.
The sweep of the A's also gave the Angels six straight wins and a baseball-best 83-53 record after 136 games, matching the franchise record. The last time they did that was 2008, when the team went on to win 100 games.
Add it all up and … well, it means absolutely nothing, Iannetta warned.
"It can go the other way just as fast," he said. "You could find yourself 10 games back. It could be that bad. You just have to keep it in perspective and say, 'You know what? We've got to keep going. We've got to keep grinding it out.'"
The Angels did that and more against Oakland's Scott Kazmir on Sunday, scoring six times in the second inning when Kazmir walked four batters — including two with the bases loaded. Erick Aybar contributed a run-scoring single to the rally, running his hitting streak to a career-best 16 games, while Trout knocked in two runs.
At LAT, "Obama tries to rekindle hope in Labor Day speech."
At Althouse, "'Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on the computer'..."
And Blackmailers Don't Shoot, "You Won’t Find Nude Pictures of Jennifer Lawrence Here."
More at the Nug, "Jessica Kylie aka Miss Rabbit!"
Also, at 90 Miles From Tyranny, "Hot Pick of the Late Night."
And see Proof Positive, "Friday Night Babe: Viviana Greco."
At Doubletroubletwo, "Boobies ... Enjoy ;-)."
Crazy Uncle Bubba has "A Hot Placeholder."
At Drunken Stepfather, "Hacked-tackular."
Odie has "Playing Poker ~OR~ Rule 5 Woodsterman Style."
Knuckledraggin', "CAMEL TOE!!!"
At Instapundit, "YOUR DAILY MEMO from the Thought Police. Also the Junior Anti-Sex League."
At Pirate's Cove, "If All You See……is an evil plastic water bottle and several evil beer bottles causing seas to rise and temperatures to scorch, you might just be a Warmist (HUGE BREASTS!)"
In a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World has the "Friday Pinup."
More at Daley Gator, "DALEYGATOR DALEYBABE TARA BOOHER."
And Dana Pico, "Rule 5 Blogging: The Яussians are coming, the Яussians are coming!"
Still more from Wine, Women and Politics, "Babe of the day."
Also at Randy's Roundtable, "Thursday Nite Tart...Kaley Cuoco."
At Soylent, "Your Morning Coffee Creamer."
And at EBL, "Burning Man 2014 Rule 5."
At the Monday Note, "Ten years. That’s how far away in the past the Google IPO lies. Ten years of explosive growth for the digital world, ten gruesome years for legacy media. Here is the lost decade, revisited in charts and numbers."
I embedded Ms. Winstead at the post last night, although I didn't make the connection.
Also at Twitchy, "Mary Elizabeth Winstead ‘can only imagine the creepy effort’ that went into nude photo leak."
At the New York Times, "ISIS Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media."
New College Board Guidelines Forcing High Schools to 'Teach U.S. History From a Leftist Perspective...'
The College Board, the private company that produces the SAT test and the various Advanced Placement (AP) exams, has kicked off a national controversy by issuing a new and unprecedentedly detailed “Framework” for its AP U.S. History exam. This Framework will effectively force American high schools to teach U.S. history from a leftist perspective. The College Board disclaims political intent, insisting that the new Framework provides a “balanced” guide that merely helps to streamline the AP U.S. History course while enhancing teacher flexibility. Not only the Framework itself, but the history of its development suggests that a balanced presentation of the American story was not the College Board’s goal.Well, you can see where this is going, but keep reading.
The origins of the new AP U.S. History framework are closely tied to a movement of left-leaning historians that aims to “internationalize” the teaching of American history. The goal is to “end American history as we have known it” by substituting a more “transnational” narrative for the traditional account.
This movement’s goals are clearly political, and include the promotion of an American foreign policy that eschews the unilateral use of force. The movement to “internationalize” the U.S. History curriculum also seeks to produce a generation of Americans more amendable to working through the United Nations and various left-leaning “non-governmental organizations” (NGOs) on issues like the environment and nuclear proliferation. A willingness to use foreign law to interpret the U.S. Constitution is likewise encouraged.
The College Board formed a close alliance with this movement to internationalize the teaching of American history just prior to initiating its redesign of the AP U.S. History exam. Key figures in that alliance are now in charge of the AP U.S. History redesign process, including the committee charged with writing the new AP U.S. History exam. The new AP U.S. History Framework clearly shows the imprint of the movement to de-nationalize American history. Before I trace the rise of this movement and its ties to the College Board, let’s have a closer look at its goals...
HAT TIP: Instapundit.
Here's CNET's Dan Ackerman, from CBS "This Morning":
But all of a sudden we're now hearing about the scourge of "wage theft," as if employers just discovered that they can "steal" workers' overtime earnings to bulk up profits, or something.
At the New York Times, "More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’":
MIRA LOMA, Calif. — Week after week, Guadalupe Rangel worked seven days straight, sometimes 11 hours a day, unloading dining room sets, trampolines, television stands and other imports from Asia that would soon be shipped to Walmart stores.Here's the bottom line:
Even though he often clocked 70 hours a week at the Schneider warehouse here, he was never paid time-and-a-half overtime, he said. And now, having joined a lawsuit involving hundreds of warehouse workers, Mr. Rangel stands to receive more than $20,000 in back pay as part of a recent $21 million legal settlement with Schneider, a national trucking company.
“Sometimes I’d work 60, even 90 days in a row,” said Mr. Rangel, a soft-spoken immigrant from Mexico. “They never paid overtime.”
The lawsuit is part of a flood of recent cases — brought in California and across the nation — that accuse employers of violating minimum wage and overtime laws, erasing work hours and wrongfully taking employees’ tips. Worker advocates call these practices “wage theft,” insisting it has become far too prevalent.
Some federal and state officials agree. They assert that more companies are violating wage laws than ever before, pointing to the record number of enforcement actions they have pursued. They complain that more employers — perhaps motivated by fierce competition or a desire for higher profits — are flouting wage laws.
Many business groups counter that government officials have drummed up a flurry of wage enforcement actions, largely to score points with union allies. If anything, employers have become more scrupulous in complying with wage laws, the groups say, in response to the much publicized lawsuits about so-called off-the-clock work that were filed against Walmart and other large companies a decade ago.
Here in California, a federal appeals court ruled last week that FedEx had in effect committed wage theft by insisting that its drivers were independent contractors rather than employees. FedEx orders many drivers to work 10 hours a day, but does not pay them overtime, which is required only for employees. FedEx said it planned to appeal.
Julie Su, the state labor commissioner, recently ordered a janitorial company in Fremont to pay $332,675 in back pay and penalties to 41 workers who cleaned 17 supermarkets. She found that the company forced employees to sign blank time sheets, which it then used to record inaccurate, minimal hours of work....
Business groups note that the lawsuits against McDonald’s have been coordinated with the fast-food workers’ movement demanding a $15 wage. “This is a classic special-interest campaign by labor unions,” said Stephen J. Caldeira, president of the International Franchise Association. In legal papers, McDonald’s denied any liability in Ms. Salazar’s case, and the Oakland franchisee insisted that Ms. Salazar had failed to establish illegal actions by the restaurant.Yep, totally opportunistic leftist labor scam
Lee Schreter, co-chairwoman of the wage and hour practice group at Littler Mendelson, a law firm that represents employers, said wage theft was not increasing, adding that many companies had become more vigilant about compliance. But that has not stopped lawyers from bringing wage theft complaints because of the potential payoff, Ms. Schreter said. “These are opportunistic lawsuits,” she said...
At the Tampa Bay Times, "75 years ago today: the start of World War II:
Today marks the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland, thus beginning the start of World War II. By the end of the war in 1945, more than 50 million, and by some count millions more, soldiers and civilians had died. The atrocities of the Holocaust stand sorely at the center of the tragedy of the war.Also at Time, "World War II Erupts: Haunting Color Photos from 1939 Poland."
Also, at Deutsche Welle, and interview with British historian Anthony Beevor, "'Moral choice explains fascination with WWII'."
Sunday, August 31, 2014
At the Times of Israel.
Belgian women pour fake blood in airport to protest Israel arms transport http://t.co/dv9VkmUALv— TOI Jewish Times (@TOIJewishTimes) September 1, 2014
At Variety, "Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande Among Celebrities Exposed in Massive Nude Photo Leak."
And at BuzzFeed, "Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, More Celebs Have Alleged Nude Photos Leak In Massive Hack."
Actress Mary Winstead, whose photos were also leaked, is not pleased:
To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves.— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014
It feels great if you're an Angels fan, but man, this has been an astonishing collapse for the Athletics.
Sounds like team meeting going on right now in #Athletics clubhouse.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
This is a pretty long closed-door meeting.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
Melvin says team should be embarrassed. He feels bad for fans. #Athletics— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
Melvin held meeting to impart that to team. Cuts session with reporters short after blasting team's performance past three games.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
Kazmir says #Athletics disappointed in selves. "This is not who we are."— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
Donaldson: "Something had to be said. ..this is a wakeup call. This is the time of year to be playing our best and we're playing our worst."— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
Kazmir questions Gerry Davis' professionalism with strike zone today, says he was hitting his spots every time with nothing to show for it.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
Kazmir says Davis made "cry baby face" at #Athletics dugout last night, A's lodged complaint and Davis was reprimanded.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
Norris says #Athletics cant piss away season after getting such good opportunity. "We have to figure it out."— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
Bob Melvin: "That was embarrassing. The last 3 days the worst I've seen. #Athletics— John Hickey (@JHickey3) August 31, 2014
#Athletics Derek Norris: "We've got to figure it out. Frustration, anger, disappointment, embarrassment all added up today."— John Hickey (@JHickey3) August 31, 2014
#Athletics Brandon Moss on mgr Bob Melvin's closed-door meeting: "he's as tired of watching it as were are of doing it."— John Hickey (@JHickey3) August 31, 2014
NBC's Richard Engel: Military Commanders, Former Officials 'Apoplectic' Over Obama's National Security Failures
Professor Charli Carpenter Boycotts #APSA for Placing an 'Undue Burden' on Her 'Gender-Conscious' Work-Life Balance
I’m boycotting my professional organization for scheduling a conference so as to inhibit work-life-balance and pose an undue burden on parents in the profession, especially mothers. I’m boycotting APSA because they have done this year by year over the protest of their members. What began as an irreconcilable personal conflict for a parent of grade schoolers and partner to a dual-career spouse – what began, that is, as a simple work-life balance choice – has turned over the years into a political statement that I’ll continue to make until APSA’s policy changes.Oh brother. The drama is excruciating.
I’m not saying APSA is an inherently family-unfriendly organization....
So starting when my daughter was 8, my husband and I decided to try a new system: alternating APSAs. Each year, one or the other of us would go from now on, and one would stay. This idea made sense in theory, but in practice it put strain on our family’s carefully cultivated and gender-conscious balance between work and family life, as we each navigated life on the two-body tenure track striving for equity both in child-rearing and career opportunities...
Wouldn't want to upset that "carefully cultivated and gender-conscious balance between work and family life." No siree!
Besides, child-rearing equity is important!
A little late for National Offend a Feminist Week, but Charli's "work-life balance" rants are precious, heh.
IMAGE CREDIT: Serr8d's Cutting Edge.
Folks will recall that Drezner's blog was one of the first I used to read on a regular basis, over a decade ago. He quit the blog recently when Foreign Policy moved to a weekly column format for its online writers, and now Drezner's set up shop at the Washington Post as a contributor.
But Drezner's also known for his questionable ethics and intelligence when it comes to conference participation. Earlier this year he appeared on a panel with Holocaust denier William Lind, who has been described by Michael Goldfarb as a "paleoconservative Jew-baiter extraordinaire."
@mattduss @dandrezner try taking your lumps like a man and apologizing for elevating a holocaust denier—you did that, not anybody else.
— Michael Goldfarb (@thegoldfarb) July 3, 2014
Here's the report on the controversial event from Alana Goodman, "Antiwar Conference Featured Panelist Who Spoke at Holocaust Denial Conference."
So, with that kind of disgusting conference participation, one might expect Professor Drezner to be more choosy in aligning himself with enemies of Israel. (One might be even more likely to think so, as Drezner is himself Jewish.)
But no. It turns out Drezner spoke this weekend at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, at a panel called "Navigating a Career in International Relations." Well, "navigating" an IR career these days apparently means getting on the good side of the most vile anti-Israel academics in the field, Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, authors of the widely condemned book, The Israel Lobby.
At the APSA website, here's the panelist lineup for "Navigating a Career in International Relations":
Date: Saturday, Aug 30, 2014, 4:30 PM-6:00 PMDrezner, of course, is well-versed in the controversies surrounding Walt and Mearsheimer's The Israel Lobby. Indeed, back in 2005, he offered a robust defense of the embattled authors, going so far to argue that "Walt and Mearsheimer should not be criticized as anti-Semites, because that's patently false."
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University of London, SOAS
Helen V. Milner
Helen V. Milner
John J. Mearsheimer
University of Chicago
Daniel W. Drezner
Stephen M. Walt
Colin H. Kahl
Jennifer M. Lind
Really? "Patently false."
Well, the widely respected Anti-Defamation League, which describes itself as "the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency", would beg to differ. Here's this ADL response to Walt and Mearsheimer at the website, from 2006, "A Review of Mearsheimer and Walt's "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" -- An Anti-Jewish Screed in Scholarly Guise."
And then there's the authoritative response from political scientist Eliot Cohen, who is the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University, at the Washington Post, in 2006, "Yes, It's Anti-Semitic."
I could go on listing eminent, reputable voices who have slammed The Israel Lobby for precisely what it is: hatred and bigotry.
But hey, nowadays hate and bigotry are apparently resume enhancers in the political science discipline.
In 2011, Professor Walt spoke at the far-left Code Pink's Move Over AIPAC! Summit, where attendees bestowed honors on the late White House correspondent Helen Thomas, whose later years where mired in controversy over vile comments she made, caught on tape, attacking Israel and suggesting that the Jews should "move back to Europe." Professor Mearsheimer, as well, has done little to clear his name of anti-Semitic aspersions, going so far as writing a book-jacket blurb for vicious Israel-basher Gilad Atzmon, who the ADL describes as:
... an outspoken and prolific promoter of classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish control over American foreign policy, and has written that Jews have a plan for world domination. He has trafficked in anti-Semitic canards such as the notion that Jews are responsible for the death of Jesus.And here's Jeffrey Goldberg's dramatic headline on Mearsheimer, at the Atlantic, "John Mearsheimer Endorses a Hitler Apologist and Holocaust Revisionist." And see Commentary, "Mearsheimer’s Anti-Semitism Scandal." [Added: Don't miss Alan Dershowitz as well, at the New Republic, "Why are John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk Endorsing a Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book?"]
Drezner is no doubt aware of all the latest controversies surrounding Walt and Mearsheimer, although he obviously remains untroubled and unconcerned with his own reputation. It'd be one thing if Drezner had appeared on a panel to debate Walt and Mearsheimer on some topical issue in international politics (Obama's bumbling foreign policy; Israel's third Gaza war). But Drezner's appeared at a professional development panel, and thus gave a disciplinary imprimatur to the views of Walt and Mearsheimer.
I called him out on Twitter yesterday:
.@DanDrezner Well, hope you were spared the anti-Semitic tropes and slurs of Walt and Mearsheimer. Not spared: your honor. #TheIsraelLobby
— Donald Douglas (@AmPowerBlog) August 31, 2014
In all, a sad statement on the state of the field: Israel-hatred as a career-booster in political science.
Plus, elsewhere it's Rule 5 Sunday, at Pirate's Cove, for example, "Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup," and "If All You See……is CO2 infused beer killing the climate, you might just be a Warmist."
And at 90 Miles from Tyranny, "Morning Mistress."
Also, from last Sunday at the Other McCain, "Rule 5 Sunday: Peaches En Regalia."
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But by Friday, she was rushed to Cedars Sinai.
At London's Daily Mail, "Joan Rivers' celebrity friends take to Twitter to pray for her recovery as her family face agonizing decision over whether or not to turn off life support machine."
And on Twitter:
Remains on life support... http://t.co/Ea6GSCmvGQ— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) August 31, 2014
JOAN NEEDS MIRACLE http://t.co/0GzPzfLdXO— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) August 31, 2014
#TheSixtiesCNN reminds me how much the Left has already accomplished, how much further we have to go, and the likelihood of our success.— W. James Casper (@repsac3) August 31, 2014
Oh, and we have "further to go"?
Right. We certainly wouldn't want to waste any time destroying the rest of the moral and strategic order that's taken decent society decades to build. The 1960's saw the rise of the most "destructive generation," and pity the next generations of Americans, who will live in greater danger and less prosperity than those who came before.
But according to vile Utopian assholes like Walter James Casper III, all of this is progress.
More at Instapundit, "A FACEBOOK FRIEND WHO’S TOO MODEST TO WANT CREDIT HERE POSTED THIS...":
Let’s accept, arguendo, that the outgoing DIA chief is right, and that we are now in an era of danger similar to the mid-1930s. How did we get here? It’s worth looking back into the mists of time — an entire year, to Labor Day weekend 2013. What had not happened then? It’s quite a list, actually: the Chinese ADIZ, the Russian annexation of Crimea, the rise of ISIS, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the fall of Mosul, the end of Hungarian liberal democracy, the Central American refugee crisis, the Egyptian-UAE attacks on Libya, the extermination of Iraqi Christians, the Yazidi genocide, the scramble to revise NATO’s eastern-frontier defenses, the Kristallnacht-style pogroms in European cities, the reemergence of mainstream anti-Semitism, the third (or fourth, perhaps) American war in Iraq, racial riots in middle America, et cetera and ad nauseam.
All that was in the future just one year ago.
What is happening now is basically America’s version of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The President of the United States — supported to an exceptional extent by an electorate both uncomprehending and untrusting of the outside world — is Clarence the Angel, and he’s showing us what the world would be like if we’d never been born, Unsurprisingly, Bedford Falls is now Pottersville, and it’s a terrible place. Unfortunately we do not get to revert to the tolerable if modest status quo at the end of the lesson: George Bailey will eventually have to shell the town and retake it street by street from Old Man Potter’s Spetsnaz.
But the larger point here is not what’s happening, because what’s happening is obvious. Things are falling apart. The point is how fast it’s come. It takes the blood and labor of generations to build a general peace, and that peace is sustained by two pillars: a common moral vision, and force majeure. We spent a quarter-century chipping away at the latter, and finally discarded the former, and now that peace is gone. All this was the work of decades.
Look back, again, to Labor Day weekend 2013, and understand one thing: its undoing was the work of mere months.
And Slusser at SF Gate, "A’s acquire Adam Dunn from White Sox."
The A's are in a slumpin' funk.
Donaldson says if he had answers for why offense struggling, "we wouldn't be struggling."— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
Asked about confidence level, outlook going into final month of season, Donaldson said, "I don't know. We'll see."— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
Donaldson said of recent team struggles, "Pretty much everything's been said. Everyone sees it." Team morale? "I think it's pretty obvious."— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
A couple of people have asked if the A's sound defeated. No, they sound like a mix of pissed and frustrated. Exactly as you would expect.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014
Also at WUWT, "‘The Arctic sea ice spiral of death seems to have reversed’."
Al Gore is such an ass.
More from Debra Saunders, at the San Francisco Chronicle, "Al Gore suit against Al Jazeera the height of hypocrisy."
In the brutal calculation of Middle East politics, the baseline for friendship has always been simple: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.More at that top link.
By that standard, the Islamic State extremist group is creating friendships aplenty. An odd set of bedfellows or potential bedfellows, transcending geographical, ideological and alliance bounds, is emerging from the ranks of those threatened by what many see as the most dangerous militant movement in a generation.
Shiite Muslim Iran and Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, for instance, have been bitter foes since at least 1979, when the Iranian revolutionary government of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini hoped to inspire similar revolutions in the Sunni world. But both countries now fear Islamic State's armed radical Islamist movement, which seeks to usurp their own claimed leadership of the Muslim world.
That led Iran and Saudi Arabia to independently back the same candidate to lead Iraq, in a push for a new government that might unite Sunnis and Shiites to battle Islamic State. This week, Iranian and Saudi diplomats held a rare meeting to consult.
Turkey has long distrusted and worked against ethnic Kurds, especially a violent splinter group known as the PKK that operates out of the mountainous environs of northern Iraq. But the Turks looked the other way when Syrian Kurdish militias affiliated with the PKK played a starring role in the rescue from Islamic State fighters of thousands of Yazidis stranded on a mountainside.
Russia and the U.S. are at loggerheads in Ukraine and elsewhere, including the Middle East. But they agree that the sort of violent Islam practiced by Islamic State, which now controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria, endangers the global order in which both countries compete for influence.
Islamic State even has had a falling out with al Qaeda, the group that spawned it. Al Qaeda's official Syrian branch, known as the Nusra Front, is outflanked and mocked by Islamic State. So Nusra has joined the fight against Islamic State, clashing violently on the battlefields of Syria.
These countries and movements may be at odds over nearly everything else, but nothing focuses the mind like a mortal threat, say some analysts and former top security officials. Given not only Islamic State's savagery but its potential to overthrow regimes and spill over borders, they all seem to agree on only one thing: It needs to be stopped.
Lacking a coalition of the willing, the Obama administration should muster up a sort of alliance of the unwilling, these analysts argue. Whether that is possible, and whether the U.S. has the guile and clout to unite such disparate forces—either formally, or more likely in a combination of overt, covert and arm's-length arrangements—is an open question.
"It has to be patched together, somewhat ad hoc, with maybe some sort of informal and even clandestine agreements on who does what," says Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former U.S. national-security adviser.
Some day. Some day.
At LAT, "The Macan, Porsche's New 'Speed-Hunting' SUV":
Pay no mind to the Porsche Macan's 18 cubic feet of cargo room, its capacity to carry five adults comfortably and its commanding view of the road. With 340 horsepower and reflexes that would make Catwoman jealous, the Macan S never got the memo that it's not a sports car. Porsche's speed-hunting pedigree shows in every corner of this all-new small SUV.More.
The Macan is the smaller sibling to the Cayenne, the German marque's original SUV, which sent Porsche purists into fits when it was introduced a decade ago but reaped huge profits in the U.S. and globally.
The company is hoping for similar success with the Macan, which is Indonesian for "tiger." For sale now, it's Porsche's play for the burgeoning compact crossover segment — one of the fastest-growing areas of the luxury vehicle market, fueled by wealthy empty-nesters, first-time luxury buyers and professional women.