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How to Confront ISIS

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 08.13.2016 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

The people of the region opposing and ready to fight ISIS and their allies, including the United States, must demonstrate a clear and consistent moral basis in all of their acts. We cannot fight ISIS while routinely killing civilians in the process.

The Islamic State and the Terrible Twos

John Feffer | Posted 07.02.2016 | Home
John Feffer

Liberation movements want a place at the table. The Islamic State, on the other hand, wants to destroy the table. The Islamic State isn't simply an insurgency. Though it certainly aspires to overthrow the current regimes in Damascus and Baghdad, it doesn't have any particular attachment to this territory. It maintains a warm spot for the holy sites in Saudi Arabia. Otherwise, it doesn't care about national boundaries.

Can Ukraine Gnaw Its Way Out of Trouble?

John Feffer | Posted 04.21.2015 | Home
John Feffer

Whether this ceasefire or some future one proves durable, Ukraine must eventually make some very difficult decisions concerning its future. Above all, it must figure out a way of exiting the steel trap that has clamped down on its nether regions. The Crimean peninsula has already been sliced off. Should Ukraine sever another one of its own limbs in order to survive?

Israelpolitik, the Neocons and the Long Shadow of the Iraq War

Danny Postel | Posted 04.02.2015 | Home
Danny Postel

The Road to Iraq is a work of tremendous intellectual diligence and moral seriousness.

Idealism + Self-Interest = US Support for Israel

Gil Troy | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Gil Troy

In fact, Americans' ability to tell right from wrong and democrat from dictator best explains America's pro-Israel policy, which advances America's interests while expressing liberal values.

Why Obama's Foreign Policy Is So Unpopular (Hint: It's Not His Realism)

Lionel Beehner | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Never before in the history of the United States has there been such a yawning gap between the rhetoric of American power and its application abroad.

Stephen M. Walt, Joseph Kennedy III, Syria and Israel

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 11.09.2013 | Home
Dr. Josef Olmert

There already are those who try to connect President Obama's decision to attack to the ever devious Israel connection. In that case they owe an explanation as to the position of the Arab League in support of the presumed strike, also that of PM Erdoghan and others who are not exactly lovers of Zion.

Obama Policies Not Matching Reality. Time to Pull His Nobel Prize and Elect a Non-Interventionist

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Diliberto

Obama's attack in Libya is as ill advised and mismanaged as his Afghanistan surge or his domestic stimulus-spending circus. Without the approval of t...

Afghan Army: The Few, the Proud, the Unprepared

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jake Diliberto

Afghans cannot take control in 2011.

Cordesman Game Show: So You Think You Can Win This War?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

You really think you can dance WIN THIS WAR?? -- Anthony H. Cordesman, the CSIS Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy (not really; just hypothetically) ...

MidEast Peace: Pessimism from the Right and the Left

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eileen Read

Why is it that merely talking about talking about peace brings instant backlash? Four of the most controversial writers on the Middle East - pessimist...

Shadow Elite: March to War - Why the Neoconservatives Are Not a Cabal or Conspiracy

Stephen M. Walt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen M. Walt

I think there's no question that the neoconservatives played a central role in leading the United States into Iraq, but to characterize them as a cabal or conspiracy is misleading.

Multi-Thinking About Iran: Let's be Realist

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leon T. Hadar

As a "card-carrying realist," I find Haass's recommendation to "promote" -- he does not actually call for "doing" -- regime change in Tehran as running contrary to any sensible realist viewpoint.

CODEPINK's "Gaza Freedom" Mockery

Eric Trager | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Trager

CODEPINK's goals have nothing to do with actual Palestinian freedom. Whether CODEPINK is disrupting a Senate hearing or demonstrating in Cairo, its purpose is the same: to vilify American foreign policy.

Paul Wolfowitz is Wrong on

Sean Gilfillan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sean Gilfillan

I just finished reading Paul Wolfowitz' article on titled, "Think Again: Realism" and concluded that he is completely wrong.

Pakistan Taliban Problem Overblown: Juan Cole

Juan Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Readers have written me asking what I think of the rash of almost apocalyptic pronouncements on the security situation in Pakistan issuing from the Ne...

The Dumbing Down of American Politics

Ira Forman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ira Forman

The American Thinker is one of those hard-edged, right-wing web sites that specializes in flinging filth. It is a publication that has turned the concepts of lying and distortion into art forms.

Questioning the Patriotism of Freeman's Critics

Ira Forman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ira Forman

No side comes out smelling clean when it engages in this mudslinging. However, we progressives should make a particular effort to avoid calling our opponents unpatriotic.