The ISIS Phenomenon: How Does It End?

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by Graham E. Fuller The ISIS Phenomenon continues to astonish—to notch up innovative new features in Islamist politics that suggest a deepening ability to exploit and feed off long-term accumulated Muslim grievances. What are the logical end-points of extremism at… Continue Reading  

The Collapse of Order in the Middle East

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by Chas Freeman* Will Rogers once observed that “when you get into trouble 5,000 miles from home, you’ve got to have been looking for it.”  It’s a good deal more than 5.000 miles to Baghdad or Damascus from here.  And,… Continue Reading  

Petraeus’ Failed Legacy of Nation-Building in Afghanistan

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Further to Jeremy Scahill’s reporting on General David Petraeus’s impact on the CIA is a post at the Afghanistan Study Group by Mary Kaszynski on the costs and feasiblity of nation-building in the war-torn country: Bing West, assistant Secretary of Defense… Continue Reading  

Major US-UK Tiff Over Legality of Iran Strike

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Amidst reports that Great Britain has denied the US military use of important British bases for an assault against Iran, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters on Friday that whenever the DOD considers military action “we do it within… Continue Reading  

Overwrought Empire

The Discrediting of U.S. Military Power  By Tom Engelhardt via Tom Dispatch (a version of this article appeared in the LA Times) Americans lived in a “victory culture” for much of the twentieth century.  You could say that we experienced an almost 75-year stretch… Continue Reading