August 11, 2014

Why We're Bombing Iraq and Not Syria

Michael Totten, World Affairs

AP

Cable news reporters have spent all weekend asking one US government official after another why we’re bombing Iraq and not Syria if we’re motivated by humanitarian concerns as Washington says.

I have yet to hear a straight answer, perhaps because the administration thinks a straight answer is undiplomatic. But I’m not a diplomat, and I can explain it point-blank.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Iraq, Syria, ISIS, Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria, Kurds, Kurdistan

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

August 11, 2014
If Kurds Fall, Chaos Follows
David Francis, The Fiscal Times
Since the start of the Iraq war in 2003, the autonomous area of northern Iraq known as Kurdistan has stood as the lone bastion of stability throughout the entire country. Now, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has its... more ››
August 11, 2014
Obama Is Paving the Way for a Kurdish Oil State
Steve Coll, New Yorker
Obama’s defense of Erbil is effectively the defense of an undeclared Kurdish oil state whose sources of geopolitical appeal—as a long-term, non-Russian supplier of oil and gas to Europe, for example—are best not spoken of... more ››
August 7, 2014
The Kurds Need American Help
Washington Post
The forces facing the Islamic State need help from the U.S. more ››
August 6, 2014
Will the U.S. Help the Kurds Fight ISIS?
Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker
The latest string of victories by Islamic militants in Iraq raises an enormous and obvious question: What’s the U.S. doing to help the Kurds? This week, fighters from Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, captured the... more ››
August 11, 2014
Hillary: Syria 'Failure' Led to Rise of ISIS
Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic
President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil war, could have shaped the forces fighting the Assad regime, thereby stopping al Qaeda-inspired groups—like the one rampaging across... more ››