Sunday Roundup

08/18/2013 12:22 am ET | Updated Oct 17, 2013

This week's headlines were dominated by the Arab Spring turning to Arab Fall in Egypt, as clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and government forces claimed over 600 lives. Not getting a fraction of the media attention was the continuing violence in Iraq, where more than 1,000 have been killed since July, including 33 on Thursday alone. More than 10 years after it began, and 20 months since U.S. withdrawal, the Iraq War continues to be a disaster of epic proportions, with a seemingly limitless supply of unintended consequences. Reports note that U.S. efforts are now focused on making sure Iraq's Shiite government doesn't get too close to Iran's Shiite government, which is sending weapons to Syria, whose conflict is destabilizing key U.S. ally Jordan. And yet the war's catastrophic impact remains inversely related to our desire to reckon with how it happened. Case in point: the prominence still afforded those who beat the drums of war the loudest.