June 23, 2014

Iraq Is Finished -- Welcome to Sunnistan

Colin Freeman, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

Not only is the Iraqi army badly run and demoralised, it is up against an insurgency that has already proved one of the most lethal in the world, having held its own for nearly a decade against the US military. While the odd US air strike might help the Iraqi security forces a bit, the most they might hope for is retaking Tikrit, a relatively small place. Mosul seems out of the question, as do Fallujah and Ramadi to the west, which Isis seized five months ago and has successfully defended ever since. To put this in a British context, it's the rough equivalent of London losing control of Birmingham and the Midlands plus Bristol and the West Country, plus many towns in between. In effect, a new state is being carved out, broadly along the lines of Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartlands,...

Read Full Article ››



June 18, 2014
The Conundrum of a Unified Iraq and Syria
Thomas Friedman, NY Times
What to do with the Mideast's problem twins? more ››
June 18, 2014
Three Lines I Don't Need to Hear on Iraq
Daniel Drezner, Washington Post
As architects of Operation Iraqi Freedom emerge to criticize the president, they should totally exercise their freedom to criticize existing foreign policy. Maybe, just maybe, though, their taglines should acknowledge their role... more ››
When it comes to the mess in Iraq, there is plenty of blame to go around in Tehran, Washington, and most of all Baghdad—blame for strategic blunders and tactical bullying. In all three capitals, the chickens of past follies... more ››
June 18, 2014
No Shame in Asking Iran for Help in Iraq
Bloomberg View
Nothing demonstrates more vividly the mess Iraq has become than the prospect of Iran and the U.S. discussing whether they can cooperate to fix it. more ››
June 18, 2014
The Collapsing Obama Doctrine
Dick & Liz Cheney, Wall St. Journal
Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is "ending" the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has... more ››