Iran Plays a Waiting Game in Afghanistan


by Sumitha Narayanan Kutty It has been a worrisome few weeks for Iran. The negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program are seeing significant differences, there is chaos in Iraq to Iran’s west, and more recently, the political transition in… Continue Reading  

WSJ’s Daniel Henninger’s Reagan


  by Jim Lobe As readers of this blog know, I’m not a big fan of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, which pretty much defines neo-conservative foreign-policy orthodoxy and is probably the movement’s single-most influential and effective proponent in… Continue Reading  

The US in the Middle East: Back to First Principles

President Barack Obama convenes an Oval Office meeting with his national security team to discuss the situation in Iraq, June 13, 2014.

by Robert E. Hunter What do we, the United States, need — as opposed to want — in the Middle East? It’s no secret that the region is in a mess. But as Hamlet could have said about US responsibilities:… Continue Reading  

The Fall of Mosul


Marches of Folly by James Russell Painful as it is to watch black clad Sunni extremists marauding their way through Mosul — a city that Americans died defending — we should all be required to take a dose of the… Continue Reading  

Bowe Bergdahl Isn’t the First

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by Thomas W. Lippman Americans have short memories. In all the furor over the exchange of five senior Taliban leaders for an U.S. prisoner in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, I haven’t heard anyone other than a writer for National Review… Continue Reading