Middle East update: February 16 2018

SYRIA As usual, civilians are taking the brunt of the pounding as Turkey tries to grind out more territory in Afrin: One-month-old Heyim Hassan was receiving treatment for a chest infection in the Afrin general hospital in northern Syria when a shell landed a few meters (feet) away. His panicked father whisked him out of… Continue reading Middle East update: February 16 2018

Enter The Blob

One of the big takeaways from that New York Times Magazine profile of Ben Rhodes earlier this month was Rhodes’s description of the DC foreign policy establishment, which he called “The Blob”: One result of this experience was that when Rhodes joined the Obama campaign in 2007, he arguably knew more about the Iraq war… Continue reading Enter The Blob

So nice they published me twice

I’m grateful to the folks at LobeLog for publishing me twice today, and I’d be grateful to you folks for heading over there and checking both pieces out. First up was something I’d been working on last week with Jim Lobe, the “Lobe” in LobeLog, on what Donald Trump’s rise in the Republican Party (and… Continue reading So nice they published me twice

Points for honesty

Marco Rubio is running for president, and I think we all owe him our thanks for not beating around the bush (pun not intended…?) when it comes to his intentions: He doesn’t leave much to the imagination, does he? If PNAC doesn’t ring a bell, then surely the cast of characters associated with it will.… Continue reading Points for honesty

The problem with neocons, in one paragraph

James Miller and Pierre Vaux both write for The Interpreter, which specializes in translating and analyzing Russian media for the English audience. They’ve obviously got some Opinions about Ukraine, which generally slot into the “where’s my damn World War III already, Obama?” category, and so they took issue with what Obama had to say about… Continue reading The problem with neocons, in one paragraph

The inconvenient fact that words mean things

Reihan Salam has a very Hot Take in Slate, “Why I Am Still a Neocon,” in which he says he is still a neoconservative because, well, here’s what he wrote: Given all of this, why am I still a neocon? Why do I still believe that the U.S. should maintain an overwhelming military edge over… Continue reading The inconvenient fact that words mean things

The neocon endgame on Iran, new piece for Lobe Log

Trying to navigate the array of neoconservative reactions to the ongoing talks with Iran gives me a headache. Several are very straightforward about wanting war, but it seems like many others are pretending to support sanctions and negotiations in theory, but their standards for a successful outcome range from unrealistic to outright impossible, leaving nothing… Continue reading The neocon endgame on Iran, new piece for Lobe Log