Conflict update, April 26 2017

SYRIA UPDATE: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that there’s been an explosion and fire at Damascus International Airport. No cause has been suggested. As promised, the French government has produced proof that Bashar al-Assad’s government was behind the April 4 chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun–and as expected, it’s somewhat less than meets… Continue reading Conflict update, April 26 2017

From the “you probably shouldn’t have said that” file

When you’re the defense minister of a country that has nuclear weapons but won’t admit to having them, citing Hiroshima and Nagasaki as models for dealing with the professed greatest threat to your country’s existence is, um, an interesting rhetorical choice. Yet here we have Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, last week at a conference… Continue reading From the “you probably shouldn’t have said that” file

Keep beating that talking point until we’re sure it’s dead

Moshe Ya’alon is an important man. You don’t get to become Israeli defense minister without already being important, and being Israeli defense minister makes you far more important than that. So when Moshe Ya’alon has something to say or write, it must be important. It was with that in mind that I read his op-ed… Continue reading Keep beating that talking point until we’re sure it’s dead