Streetcars Named Deception


by Paul R. Pillar The repeated indicators of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian tendencies bring to mind that Erdogan once said, “Democracy is like a streetcar. When you come to your stop, you get off.” With a statement like… Continue Reading  

America’s Sinkhole Wars


by Andrew J. Bacevich We have it on highest authority: the recent killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan marks “an important milestone.” So the president of the United States has declared,… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump: Joker’s Wild


by John Feffer In poker, a wild card can add to the fun of the game. But it throws off the odds and makes the hands more unpredictable. That’s why poker purists prefer to keep jokers and other wild cards… Continue Reading  

Phony Kurds in Syria


by Paul R. Pillar Creeping escalation characterizes U.S. military involvement in Syria. What had been fifty American troops on the ground expanded to three hundred beginning last month. Official descriptions of this contingent as not being directly involved in combat… Continue Reading  

Working Toward a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Mideast


by Shemuel Meir Earlier this month, I attended an international conference in Berlin which brought together diplomats, former military officers, academic researchers and think tank analysts from the Middle East and Europe. The conference took place within the framework of the… Continue Reading