Hazam, 35, could no longer see a future for himself and his family in Deir al-Zour, a city that has been a flashpoint in the country's five-year-long civil war. A physical fitness teacher, Hazam could no longer work, while his wife was pregnant with their fourth child.
Republican voters face a bad choice. The Donald's shortcomings are manifest. Marco Rubio may be young, well-spoken, and attractive. But his foreign policy judgment is awful. If you want more foolish, costly, and unnecessary wars, vote for Rubio.
Whatever you think of the 2003 invasion, it certainly brought waves of sectarian strife. Persecutions and reprisals. Unspeakable horrors for all Iraqis, but especially for minority groups like the Christians, Yezidis, and Sunnis. You know the story.
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In an election year that finds both the left and right clamoring for political change, then, it seems suicidal for the Democrats to be putting forward a candidate who is as much a creature of the establishment as Hillary Rodham Clinton is.
Libya was supposed to be a different kind of intervention, with a much lighter footprint, more enthusiastic international support, and a realistic hope for a secular democratic regime in the wake of the conflict. The results have been different from what happened in Iraq, but they have not necessarily been any better.
Hillary Clinton was my Senator in 2002, and as a constituent who possessed unmatched qualifications on the issue of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, I felt I had a duty to brief her; and as her constituent, she had a responsibility to give me a hearing. But she never did.
By the time my scout platoon and I got there (part of the 25th Infantry Division) in late 2007, the American military was in full-on strategy switch mode to counterinsurgency (COIN).
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It has always been a matter of historical curiosity that one of the American diplomats who was deeply involved in the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was named Achilles.
There is a false sense that the recent lows in the price of crude oil are artificial, and that higher prices will return. But that assumption is wrong. Contrary to popular belief, the current low price of oil is not the exception the media and political leaders keep telling us, it is the historical norm.
Politically, there is no reason, anymore, to support military interventionism. Now the question is whether the entirety of the Democratic party will realize it.
The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.
If the United States wants to reduce the limited threat of blowback anti-American terrorism from radical Islamists, it should drastically reduce, not increase, its military interventions in Islamic countries.
As long as the Sunni Iraqis do not know what the future has in store for them, they will be unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices to battle ISIS only to benefit the Shiite government in Baghdad, which they despise even more than ISIS.
Last Month Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Riyadh to reassure the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that the U.S. stood with them. "Nothing has changed" as a result of the nuclear pact with Iran, he insisted.