Don’t Try to Imitate the Russians in Syria

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by Paul R. Pillar Among the latest in the Washington Post editorial page’s unrelenting drumbeat of criticism on Syria—which often does not make clear exactly what the United States should be doing there, except that whatever it does should involve… Continue Reading  

What To Do After Peace Process Failure

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by Paul Pillar* Now that Secretary of State Kerry’s attempt to breathe life into the diplomacy known as the Middle East peace process has been widely pronounced—even by those who appropriately salute his efforts—to be a failure, different quarters are… Continue Reading  

WaPo Really Thinks U.S. Should Be World’s Policeman

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by Jim Lobe If you want to get some insight into how the Washington Post’s editorial board increasingly thinks of the world and the U.S. role in it, editorial page editor Fred Hiatt’s column in Monday’s newspaper provides a good… Continue Reading  

Washington Post’s Jackson Diehl Taken Down

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by Jim Lobe Jackson Diehl, the deputy editorial page editor at the Washington Post who also writes a weekly foreign affairs column, generally stands at the intersection of neo-conservatism and liberal interventionism and, in my view, holds a lot of the… Continue Reading  

Major US Newspapers Criticize Obama’s Approach to Syrian Crisis

By Paul Mutter The New York Times reports that despite US reluctance to arm Islamist actors in Syria, that’s happening as the US does little to vet the actions of its partners Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Though the amount of… Continue Reading