Once again, an administration is embarking on a military intervention in the absence of virtually any debate. Continue reading
US commanders are talking about staying in the region after ISIS is defeated to pacify it. These are a whole series of Very Bad Ideas.
It’s hard to avoid fighting Russia, difficult to avoid sending large numbers of US ground troops, and virtually impossible to help your allies without also helping jihadists.
The entire ISIS caliphate could be directed against the Assad government and its allies — a scenario which might cause some satisfaction in Washington. Continue reading
If the Assad regime has all of Aleppo, all of Damascus, Homs, Hama and Latakia, then it has Syria. Poor, rural, thinly populated provinces just don’t count. Continue reading
Suddenly the dead become part of some larger, more complex picture, and thus not our business to stop. The “regret” we express is for PR purposes only; it’s part of the strategy. Continue reading
The Turks don’t want a Kurdish mini-state on their frontier any more than the Syrians want to lose territory to the Kurds. Continue reading
The latest air strikes against Isis are happening because the last offensive created a power vacuum. There’s a good bet that will happen this time too. Continue reading
At issue for all involved is not only breaking Isis’s control of territory, but determining who will rule there in place of Isis. Continue reading
So you have to understand … where it’s coming from, where the appeal lies, what the roots are—there are often quite genuine grievances—at the same time try to cut back the level of violence. Continue reading