Reading the book Dispensable Nation by Vali Nasr helps us assess President Obama's first-term approach to the challenges the U.S. has faced regarding its relationship with Iran, particularly in light of the country's nuclear program.
The violence in Georgia has revealed just how extensively Washington has realigned its interests in central Asia. The Bush administration has no desire to let Georgia burn, yet that's exactly what it's doing.
As news over the Iran intelligence estimate seeps in, never have so many been so disappointed so much over the prospects of avoiding war. Just when we're all revved up for WWIII, it goes and gets cancelled.