Making Sausage Out of Syria Policy

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by Gary Sick Foreign policy, to paraphrase Bismarck, is like sausage: you’d rather not see it being made. In fact, even when the final results are not particularly appetizing, the foreign policy process gains nothing by being carried out in… Continue Reading  

Pompeo’s Blind Revisionism in the Middle East

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by Laila Ujayli In Cairo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked his audience to accept the (false) “truth” that “America is a force for good in the Middle East” because ignoring it results in “bad choices.” However, the reverse is… Continue Reading  

What Will Happen to U.S. Military Bases in Syria?

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by Nick Turse The U.S. military is finally withdrawing (or not) from its base at al-Tanf. You know, the place that the Syrian government long claimed was a training ground for Islamic State (ISIS) fighters; the land corridor just inside… Continue Reading  

Syria Policy: The Hawks’ Talons Sink Deeper into Trump

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by Paul R. Pillar Amid the chaos that is the making of foreign policy in the Trump White House, one can only guess about any conversations between the president and National Security Advisor John Bolton since the president’s pre-holiday tweeted… Continue Reading  

Is Donald Trump an Asteroid?

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by Tom Engelhardt Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet. Landing on what’s now Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, it gouged out a crater 150 kilometers wide and put so much soot and sulfur… Continue Reading