U.S. Air Force photo / Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo

The Militias Win Iraq

The official government military is now dependent on Shia death squads to save Baghdad.

Visions of America /

Bush Derangement Syndrome

An embarrassing reaction on the right to the Times report on chemical weapons in Iraq.

Sheik Abdullah Sami Obeidi, a Sunni Arab tribal leader, signs declaration of support for the Sons of Iraq program, 2008. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet, U.S. Air Force.

Why Sunnis Won’t Fight ISIS

They were abandoned after the Awakening, and won’t trust the U.S again, dooming America’s new effort in Iraq.

CDC Global / cc Photographer: Athalia Christie

Common Sense Calls for Ebola Flight Bans

Ideological paralysis prevents U.S. officials from shutting down flights from Ebola-afflicted countries.

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Seven Worst-Case Scenarios for Iraq

The American war against ISIS could backfire with nearly every interested party.

State Department photo / Public Domain

The Middle East Doesn’t Matter

Neither ISIS nor any of America’s fair-weather allies are worth the price of the U.S.’s deepening regional commitments.

DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tanya Thomas, U.S. Army. (Released)

Why Iraq’s American-Trained Army Failed

U.S. policymakers’ paternalism broke Iraqi institutions and established a military kleptocracy.


No Hobbits Here

An Aussie considers the virtues and vices of New Zealand.

JFK’s Special Relationship

Harold and Jack: The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and President Kennedy, Christopher Sandford, Prometheus Books, 332 pages

Lions of Europe

This article from the November/December issue hasn’t yet been published online. For …

Why “Limited” Wars Fail

Fighting wars with insufficient means is a tacit admission that almost no one genuinely believes that these wars are necessary for U.S. security.

Turkey’s Conditions for Joining the ISIS War Are Unacceptable

Turkey is trying to use the war against ISIS to keep pursuing the misguided goal of regime change in Syria.

The Iraqi Army Never Was

Careerist U.S. generals touted a toothless military consumed from the start by corruption and split loyalties.

Devolution Is Superior to Secession

Calls for secession are often strong indicators that too much power is centralized.

Panetta and the Zombie “Credibility” Argument

“Credibility” is a useless concept when it comes to debating and making foreign policy decisions.

Don’t Call It a Revolution

Bestowing the “revolution” label is how Western observers express their approval, no matter how inaccurate or counterproductive such labeling may be.

The U.S. Needs to End the Latest Unnecessary War

The war against ISIS is failing to achieve its aims, but those aims are far too ambitious for the means that most Americans are willing to use.