Middle East update: March 6 2018

SYRIA Implementing the last stage of the Aleppo playbook, Russia on Tuesday offered Syrian rebels still in Eastern Ghouta safe passage out of that besieged area to, well, someplace else. And here’s the rub–while that deal has worked in the past, with the Russians offering safe passage to Idlib province, that offer is no longer… Continue reading Middle East update: March 6 2018

Middle East update: March 2 2018

SYRIA The Syrian government and its allies are continuing their ground offensive into Eastern Ghouta. They’ve opened up at least two and possibly three fronts from what I can tell, and are slowly taking villages from the rebels. I’d make a joke about the ceasefire here but I think we’re way past even pretending that’s… Continue reading Middle East update: March 2 2018

Congress demands that it be given every opportunity to wreck Iran talks

A Congress that has made doing nothing into an art form is getting very mad that the Obama administration might try an end-run around them if it comes time to start relieving sanctions against Iran: Demanding a bigger role in the Iran nuclear negotiations, key Democrats are beginning to openly criticize the Obama administration for… Continue reading Congress demands that it be given every opportunity to wreck Iran talks

Mark Kirk’s priorities

Senator Mark Kirk, of my former home state, he’s totally down with tax inversions, that thing where a company buys another company located in a lower tax country and then “relocates” there to shirk US taxes. Corporations have to be allowed to do whatever their executives determine to be in the best interests of the… Continue reading Mark Kirk’s priorities