“It would need a savant to work out the geopolitical implications of a post-Assad Syria”

This is exactly where we find the fault line between political motives and humanitarian motives: to remove Assad or to stop the killing. It is an impossible situation, to be sure. … More “It would need a savant to work out the geopolitical implications of a post-Assad Syria”

Implications of Turkey Cutting Military Ties with Israel on a Larger Scale

After Erdogan made a grand speech about rethinking Turkish-Israeli ties, Erdogan officially lowered diplomatic relations and suspended all military ties with Israel last night and this morning. Turkey, still rightfully upset with Israel, has decided to put some action behind their words and do this move. But what does the move intend to do? Is … More Implications of Turkey Cutting Military Ties with Israel on a Larger Scale

Is There a Link Between the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and the Arab Spring?

Abe Greenwald certainly thinks so. As Matt Duss points out, Greenwald’s piece in Commentary is just another effort to create a false conclusion about the war. From Greenwald: It was the Freedom Agenda of the George W. Bush administration—delineated and formulated as a conscious alternative to jihadism—that showed the way. Indeed, the costly American nation-building in … More Is There a Link Between the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and the Arab Spring?

Syrian Bloodshed Could Start Regional War, Part II

  Haaretz recently offered some empty speculation concerning the rumors of a Turkish intervention in Syria should Assad not end the violence against the Syrian people: Turkey sends troops to Syria, and Iran retaliates by sending troops to Bahrain. It seems unlikely that Turkey would send its military into Syria and there is nothing to … More Syrian Bloodshed Could Start Regional War, Part II

The Words of Denial

The Syrian people do not go into uprising because the country is stable! Iraq is immune from the winds of change! At least Assad gave his interview before protests struck. Now Maliki is saying that Iraq is fine while crushing the protest movement. The denial is certainly similar, though the use of informal armed gangs … More The Words of Denial