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While it is true that other fields of intellectual pursuit - literary criticism, evolutionary psychology - have minted their own select jargons, rarely have words that are devoid o...(full article)

The White House is seeking to gloss over the rift between the president and his top general, but it is clear that just below the waterline Obama is not on the same page as the comm...(full article)

By all means, let’s destroy the Islamic State, but let’s talk about it first. We are in a very strange place right now. President Obama is rushing into a war he doesn&...(full article)

Here’s a national-security riddle: How can President Obama provide limited military support on the ground to help “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State without f...(full article)

If there is any lesson to be taken from recent military conflicts, it is how easily the country can slip into an intractable war, with consequences that cannot be fully foreseen, a...(full article)

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U.S. Enlists Saudi King in War of Ideas - Michael Crowley, Time

Sitting in a gilded room at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris, Kerry sounded irritated at the media’s focus on air strikes and ground forces. “The military...

Iraq Is Becoming America's Gaza - Leon Hadar, The American Conservative

During Israel’s recent war with Hamas, which took place at the same time as the Islamic State was conducting its barbaric campaign in Mesopotamia and the Levant, Prime Minist...

Iran Could Be Shadow Enemy in ISIS War - Jacob Siegel, Daily Beast

At the big table in Paris where 24 world leaders met Monday to discuss a war plan against ISIS, one nation was notably left out. But Iran claims it didn’t want to be there anyw...

Iran and U.S. Are Allies But Can't Admit It - Joshua Keating, Slate

We are in an era of unacknowledged invasions. In military operations ranging from Russia’s incursion into eastern Ukraine to the activities of Iranian military advisers in Iraq...

Beating ISIS Requires U.S. Combat Troops - John Bolton, NY Post

It’s time to confront the unambiguous reality that destroying ISIS — which even Obama says is (ultimately) his goal — urgently requires American combat troops on the ground...

More than Shock and Awe Needed in Iraq - T. Karon, The National

If Mr Obama’s declaration of limited war sounded a little unconvincing, it fits with a theme: the days when US megaphone diplomacy might prompt an adversary to think twice ar...

Are We at War? - Amy Davidson, The New Yorker

The executive branch seems to believe that it can ignore restraints on pursuing what looks very much like a war by denying that it is one, while avoiding checks on constitutionally...

After Beheading, Britain Must Keep Its Cool - The Guardian

The killing of Mr Haines was not an act of revenge. It was an act of provocation. Like the two murders of the American journalists, it was designed to frighten and to inflame....

An Alliance With Assad Is Grim but Needed - Simon Heffer, Daily Mail

Of course, Assad is a monster, but such is the threat of the Islamic State to this country’s security, with jihadis returning here intent on murder and mayhem, that we should...

Barack Obama's Stunning Turnaround - The Economist

When he proudly declared in 2011 that America’s war in Iraq would soon be over, Mr Obama can hardly have imagined that, three years later, public opinion would oblige him to ...

Three Numbers That Show Difficulty of Beating IS - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

Obviously, there are quite a few things that make the crisis in Iraq and Syria complicated. But there are three really important features of the ISIS crisis that make it especially...

U.S. Must Force Assad Out of Power - Fred Hof, New Republic

The essential problem that has permitted the Islamic State to roam freely in parts of Iraq and Syria amounting in size to New England is state failure in both places....

The Real Anti-IS Coalition - Verda Ozer, Hurriyet Daily News

Since the foundation of a “core coalition” including Turkey was announced at the NATO Summit last week, we are all wondering what this “coalition” means, wh...

The Long Battle Against the Islamic State - John McLaughlin, Ozy

The crisis with the Islamic State is just beginning. This is the main conclusion to take away from President Barack Obama’s speech to the nation Wednesday night. The next pha...

America Doesn't Need Another Dumb War - Rosa Brooks, Foreign Policy

According to the latest Washington Post poll, 59 percent of Americans think that IS poses a "very serious threat to the vital interests of the United States." They didn't think thi...

Obama, the Reluctant Leader - David Brooks, New York Times

The defining characteristic of a reluctant leader is that he is self-divided. He feels compelled to do things he’d rather not do. This self-division can come in negative and ...

IS Looks to Istanbul - Alev Scott & Alexander Christie-Miller, Newsweek

The Islamic State has sunk its tendrils deep into Turkey, a country that may now be in its firing line after being named as part of a Nato alliance to combat the jihadist group....

U.S. Needs to Get the Politics Right Against IS - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

There's a big problem with President Obama's new war against the Islamic State: it can't be defeated by military means alone. And the more Obama escalates, the more he runs the ris...

We Shouldn't Be Scared of ISIS - Nick Gillespie, The Daily Beast

As we prep for the next “smart war” engineered by Obama (he’s against “dumb wars,” remember, and lives by the credo “don’t do stupid shit”), it’s worth acknowle...

Obama's ISIS Strategy: What Could Go Wrong? - Fred Kaplan, Slate

There’s an air of tragedy about President Obama. He wants to chart a new course—pivot to the Pacific, end the long decade of war, do nation-building at home—but the old wor...

Obama Realizes: No Way Out of Mideast - Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic

President Obama—who will tell the country tonight that the U.S. is taking its air war against the psychotic, end-of-days Islamist terrorists of ISIS directly to their safe have...

Obama Offers Cheney-Lite - Jacob Heilbrunn, The National Interest

This was scarcely the speech that President Obama wanted to deliver. But it was a speech that he had next to no choice about delivering. Faced with the surging ISIL forces in Iraq ...

The President and the 'Wimp Factor' - Micah Zenko, Foreign Policy

More than ever, Americans think that President Barack Obama lacks toughness. He is "not tough enough" on foreign policy and national security, according to 54 percent in a Pew Rese...

Mr. Obama's Strategy - Washington Post

The twin crises in Ukraine and the Middle East are perhaps the most serious President Obama has faced. He has been spurred into action, but still hopes to balance his show of lead...

Obama Strategy Has No Chance of Success - Kagans, Weekly Standard

President Obama just announced that he is bringing a counter-terrorism strategy to an insurgency fight. He was at pains to repeat the phrase “counter-terror” four times in a...

Islamic State Is Reshaping Foreign Policy - E.J. Dionne, Washington Post

The emergence of the Islamic State and its barbaric beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff have shaken public opinion again....

A Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy - Maximilian Popp, Spiegel

The EU is sealing itself off, fearing that if it fails to do so, even more people will come, particularly from poorer countries. But it is also true that the transformation of the ...

ISIS Threat Is to Middle East, Not U.S. - Joshua Keating, Slate

President Barack Obama is arguing for the necessity of destroying ISIS without making a strong case that it poses a threat to the U.S....

ISIS Strategy Needs to Hit Syria - Roger Zakheim, National Review

On Wednesday, President Obama will address the nation to outline his long-delayed strategy to defeat the Islamic State. Here’s what we can reasonably predict about it: The pres...

Confronting the ISIS Threat - New York Times

President Obama will need to explain to the nation with specificity how airstrikes against ISIS in Syria fit into a broader strategy; how they could be successful; how they might...

Destroy the 'Islamic State' - Washington Post

President Obama and top aides are now employing the “D” word — “destroy” — to describe U.S. objectives regarding the fanatical Middle Eastern force known as the Islamic...

Obama's Coalition of Frenemies - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

The hardened rhetoric — and, more important, the expanded commitment it promises — came after the Islamic State beheaded two American journalists in Syria and brazenly dared ...

What Syria Fiasco Means for Iran, Gaza - Seth Mandel, Commentary

To say President Obama badly needed a foreign-policy win is an understatement. And there were decent odds he’d eventually get one: as sports fans tend to say about a batter in ...

We Don't Know How Many Americans Are in ISIS - Eli Lake, Daily Beast

Senior officials have been giving wildly disparate estimates of how many Americans are fighting for ISIS—because U.S. intelligence doesn’t really know the answer to the...

Iran's Possible Role in Anti-IS Coalition - Joshua Keating, Slate

Any open acknowledgment of cooperation between the United States and Iran with regards to ISIS would likely make the U.S. Congress, hardliners in Tehran, and the Israeli government...

U.S.-Russia Split Aids Jihadists - Allison Quinn, Moscow Times

The Islamic State may practice a seventh-century version of Islam and have disavowed the Western lifestyle, but they're watching Russia and the U.S. engage in empty posturing over ...

The Approach That Can Defeat ISIS - Robert Scales, Washington Post

President Obama may be developing a strategy to confront the apocalyptic horrors of the Islamic State, but he already has a method, a gift of sorts from soldiers who have been figh...

Lightweight Leaders and a World in Crisis - Daily Mail

This was the week the free world’s most powerful leaders met in Britain, at a time of intense global instability – and decided there was little they were prepared to do...

Congress Demands a Vote on ISIS War - Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

The latest apparent ISIS atrocity against an American citizen added to the congressional anger at the Obama administration for what many critics call an incomplete and unclear pl...

America Can't End Syria's Civil War - Dick Krickus, National Interest

President Obama should emphasize that there is no military option that will end the turmoil associated with the civil war within Islam....

To Understand ISIS, Start with Wahhabism - Alastair Crooke, Huff Post

It is not hard to understand how the founding of the Islamic State by ISIS in contemporary Iraq might resonate amongst those who recall this history. Indeed, the ethos of 18th cent...

Latest Big Lie: 'We Have No Strategy' - Michael Ledeen, PJ Media

They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive.  That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless di...

Why Obama Let ISIS Off the Hook - Rogin & Lake, The Daily Beast

After a week of talk of eliminating the "cancer" of ISIS, President Obama said Thursday that he was not planning to significantly expand the war against the Islamic extremist mov...

Defending Obama's Mideast Strategy - Peter Beinart, The Atlantic

President Obama’s critics often claim he doesn’t have a strategy in the greater Middle East. That’s wrong. Like it or loathe it, he does, and he’s beginning to implement ...

The New Arab Cold War - Steven A. Cook, Jacob Stokes & Alexander Brock, FP

The popular conception of the Middle East is one of a region divided along sectarian lines pitting Sunni against Shiite, but another simultaneous struggle is underway among predomi...

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