Work with the Russians on Syria

by Paul R. Pillar There is no shortage of certitude in American commentary about what Russia is trying to do in Syria. For example, the Washington Post editorial page, unrelentingly hawkish on everything involving Syria, declares that “it has long been… Continue Reading  

Keeping US Troops in Iraq Wouldn’t Have Stopped the Rise of ISIS

by Jim Lobe Just a quick note to cite and link to an important analysis on the three-year-old debate, first raised by Charles Krauthammer, over “Who Lost Iraq.” The article, entitled “Behind the U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq,” was published this… Continue Reading  

An attack on Iran in 2013?

According to former top advisers to George W. Bush and Barak Obama, the United States will preventively strike Iran in 2013 if no diplomatic settlement is reached over its nuclear program. From the Times of Israel: During an on-stage discussion with… Continue Reading  

Elliott Abrams: Ironist Sublime

With neo-conservatives, you never know whether their preaching (especially about issues such as human rights or democracy) shows a complete lack of self-consciousness (given their long support for brutal autocracies firmly allied with Israel and/or the United States), genuine amnesia,… Continue Reading