Today there are four failing states and three ongoing wars in the MIddle East. Underneath all the conflict, there are two common actors: Saudi Arabia and Iran. Continue reading
There’s a word for what happens when a foreign power takes and holds territory without the consent of the sovereign state — ‘invasion’ Continue reading
The dangers of a direct US-Russian military conflict are spiking upward. The world’s two nuclear superpowers are in confrontation mode. It’s urgent to tell ourselves: Wake up! Continue reading
Only Zoe Lofgren thought the missile strike was “wrong.” Eshoo and Speier called it “proportional.” Feinstein said it was “necessary.” Email links are provided … Continue reading
We know that a US military escalation against Syria will not help the victims of this attack. It will create more dead, including children. There is still no military solution. This is what we know. Continue reading
The tremor I feel in these words goes deeper than another Trump controversy: “the number of civilian casualties acceptable to war planners . . .” Continue reading
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