Paul R. Pillar Iran, Middle East A combination of circumstances has increased the risk that armed conflict will break out between the United States and Iran. Such a war is no certainty, but the chance that one will occur is greaterShow More Summary
It is fashionable in the West to talk about the « compatibility of Islam and democracy » or « Islam and secularism ». These issues suggest that by nature Islam is clerical, and therefore not a religion, but a political current. Consequently, the most « radical » Muslims are terrorists and vice versa. Show More Summary
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Not that anyone in a position of power seems to notice, but there’s a simple rule for American military involvement in the Greater Middle East: once the U.S. gets in, no matter the country, it never truly gets out again. Show More Summary
The best result is "don't invade." Make no mistake: after 15 years of losing wars, spreading terror movements, and multiplying failed states across the Greater Middle East, America will fight the next versions of our ongoing wars. Not that we ever really stopped. Sure, Washington traded in George W. Show More Summary
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan successfully pushed through a national referendum giving him powers greater than any head of state since the sultans. Americans accustomed to pro-democratic rhetoric from the U.S. were surprised that President Donald Trump called the increasingly authoritarian leader to congratulate him on the narrow victory. Show More Summary
Make no mistake: after 15 years of losing wars, spreading terror movements, and multiplying failed states across the Greater Middle East, America will fight the next versions of our ongoing wars...
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Recently, historians Samuel Moyn and Stephen Wertheim wrote an interesting New York Times op-ed on why the last 15 years of failed American wars across the Greater Middle East seem to have taught our military and civilian leadership absolutely nothing. Show More Summary
By William J. Astore / TomDispatch President Trump’s talk of finally winning again is a recipe for prolonging wars guaranteed to create more chaos and more failed states in the Greater Middle East, and possibly beyond.
Palm Sunday attacks on Tanta and Alexandria churches leave dozens dead and injured Christians in the Middle East are threatened to a much greater extent than Muslims, yet we have no system in place to prioritize their applications to come...
“For the greater part of my life, I’ve seen the devastation wrought by American involvement in the Middle East”
Two months after his arrival at the White House, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, will have to clarify his position in terms of his predecessors' plan to remodel the Greater Middle East. If he really wants to put an end to jihadism, he will have to recognise the resilience of Syria and reposition the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com The members of what Andrew Bacevich, author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East, calls “ the Church of America the Redeemer ” are in some disarray these days and in quite an uproar over the new Pope and his aberrant set of cardinals now ensconced in Washington. Show More Summary
Join me below as I discuss with Avi Abelow of Israel Video Network whether the Trump/Netanyahu meeting augurs hope for greater realism in tackling the Arab-Israel impasse, the aftermath of the Flynn affair and Trump, lies and videotape. The post A reset for the Middle East? appeared first on MelaniePhillips.com.
By Nick Turse / TomDispatch In one conflict zone after another across the northern tier of Africa and the Greater Middle East, in 2016, U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) waged their particular brand of low-profile warfare.
Click here for reuse options! Asia considers how to defend itself when the U.S. becomes not an ally, but a business acquaintance. Despite the attention being given to America’s roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater Middle East, crucial decisions about the global role of U.S. Show More Summary
By Tim Shorrock | ( Tomdispatch.com | – – Despite the attention being given to America’s roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater Middle East, crucial decisions about the global role of…
Cops of the Pacific? Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Despite the attention being given to America’s roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater Middle East, crucial decisions about the global role of U.S. military power may be made in a region where, as yet, there are no hot wars: Asia. Show More Summary
Despite the attention being given to America’s roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater Middle East, crucial decisions about the global role of U.S. military power may be made in a region where, as yet, there are no hot wars: Asia....
The long-term implications of Russia's expanding role as an intermediary in OPEC decision-making and coordinator of non-OPEC producers—and how this role is linked to Moscow’s broader strategy in the greater Middle East—is uncharted territory. Buyer beware.