The Think Tank Man’s Burden

Almost as an afterthought, amidst this McClatchy piece warning of the imminent onset of the regions-wide Sunni-ShiÊ¿a conflagration that’s been imminent really since 1979 but never seems to get here, blog hero Kenneth Pollack explains the mindset of the Maximum Intervention crowd pretty succinctly: Some Iraq scholars argue that the country can be saved. Decentralization … Continue reading The Think Tank Man’s Burden

What’s happening in Iraq, part 2: whose fault is it?

Now we come to the subject of blame. Who lost Mosul? Naturally, this being a day ending in the letter “y,” you’ve got the folks who are blaming Obama, because he’s been “indifferent” to Iraq, and because he foolishly convinced Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to let American forces leave Iraq despite the fact that … Continue reading What’s happening in Iraq, part 2: whose fault is it?