Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Friday, January 27, 2012

"Entertaining Vietnam" Trailer

Shameless Mother-Promotion Alert! As many of my friends and some readers already know, my mother, Mara Wallis, wrote, edited, produced, and directed a documentary a few years back called "Entertaining Vietnam." She was an independent (i.e. non-USO) entertainer for the troops during the Vietnam war, as were many other young women and men from around the world, and their stories have rarely been told. There's much that's fun in the film (go-go dancers galore!) and much that's serious (not all the entertainers made it out alive) and the film offers up a real slice of history. Seeing the joy on the faces of American soldiers captured in the audience footage is one of the many moving aspects of the film. There's now a short trailer up at YouTube to whet the appetite and the DVD can be bought on Amazon. Of course I'm biased, but I truly do give it two-thumbs up!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Campus Watch (and Cinnamon) on Facebook

Campus Watch now has a Facebook page, for which I'll be acting as the administrator, so please stop by, give us a look, and if so inclined, a "like." We plan on linking to all of our new articles and blog posts, as well as posting updates on developments in the field of Middle East studies. I also have my own personal Facebook page, so feel free to stop by there as well. Here are the links:

Campus Watch on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Campus-Watch/221916871196316

Cinnamon Stillwell on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1175764167

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Time to Leave Afghanistan

Venerable frontline reporter Michael Yon has come to a conclusion about Afghanistan I reached a few years ago: It's time to leave. We have no clear strategy in sight and quite simply, we're wasting blood and treasure. Our military does not exist to try and transform 7th century backwardness into modern, liberal democracies, particularly without first meting out utter defeat (a la' Japan and Germany during WWII). And if we're not addressing the ideological component at hand--Islamism--we're not truly engaged in the battle.