June 16, 2014

How U.S. Politics Undermines U.S. Security

Clive Crook, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

As Iraq unravels, a painful truth about U.S. politics and foreign policy is becoming more evident: The U.S. is very good in all-or-nothing situations, but all-or-nothing situations don't often arise.

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June 14, 2014
Obama's 'Mission Accomplished' Moment
Clemens Wergin, Die Welt
Originally published in Die Welt. BERLIN - The world still remembers that May 2003 "Mission Accomplished" moment, when U.S. President George W. Bush, clad in a flight suit, landed on the aircraft carrier "USS Abraham Lincoln" and... more ››
June 14, 2014
The Greatest Threat Since bin Laden
Jamsheed & Carol E.B. Choksy, RCW
The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) isn't merely expanding its territorial control -- it is rapidly becoming the wealthiest and best-equipped terrorist organization in the world. Even the Islamic Republic of Iran, no... more ››
The situation may not demand, but it certainly invites, intervention. The most important outside actors are Iran and Turkey, with the United States in third place, and some others, like Saudi Arabia, of uncertain importance. In... more ››
June 15, 2014
5 Principles for a Disintegrating Iraq
Thomas Friedman, New York Times
The Sunni jihadists, Baathists and tribal militiamen who have led the takeover of Mosul from the Iraqi government are not supporters of a democratic, pluralistic Iraq, the only Iraq we have any interest in abetting. And Iraq’s... more ››