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Ten Things to Watch for in the ISIS War

A guide to the spin, empty gestures, and behind-the-scene players that will determine the fate of America’s re-entry into Iraq.

Photo: Avi Ohayon, GPO

ISIS Isn’t Hamas, or Iran

Netanyahu tries a terrorist bait and switch, like the one that worked against Saddam.

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How the U.S. Rewards Intelligence Failures

The constantly surprised multi-billion dollar American spy machine turns every shortcoming into a reason to expand it.

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Suicide of the Globalists

The Economist‘s editors understand that the Western liberal state is in deep crisis—but their suggested solutions are inconsistent at best, dangerous at worst.

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Saddam’s Strategy Against ISIS

Why America can’t do what it takes to win—and where that leaves us.

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Photographer: Paul Shaw

Why Cameron Recalled Parliament and Obama Ignored Congress

Obama concluded that his mistake last year was not in trying to intervene but rather in bothering to ask for support.

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The ISIS War and America’s Role in the World

It seems very unlikely that the current intervention can possibly succeed on its own terms.


How Long Will the Public Support the War on ISIS?

Public support for military intervention is so fleeting because almost all American wars fought in the last fifty years have been unnecessary ones.

Obama Flubs Ukraine in UN Address

The president used his speech to hector a Russia that could be very helpful against ISIS.

The Army Attacks Ebola

Far from the ISIS war, American troops and supplies are helping fight the gruesome virus’s historic outbreak.

The 28 Saudi Pages

Are we really sure who our friends and our enemies are in the Mideast?

Why Cruz Represents The Worst of Both Worlds on Foreign Policy

He wants to intervene in the affairs of other countries while remaining oblivious and indifferent to their political realities.

Obama Bombs Blind

Why Americans are still in the dark over the 9/11 Commission’s view of the Saudis.

Game of Thrones Is Not a Foreign Policy Manual

Allying with the Syrian regime isn’t a smart policy even when judged by thoroughly amoral standards.

Back to Failure in Iraq

As bombs fall over Syria, the United States reenacts a decade of policies that cannot possibly succeed.

Syrian and American Illusions

The vote to arm Syrian rebels creates the illusion of broad support for a policy that no one believes will achieve anything.

Independence Delayed?

Unless the government makes good on its promises to Scotland, it has simply delayed the inevitable.