Iraq

RESOLVING THE SYRIAN SITUATION (with some perspectives on how best to salvage something from it) After nearly five years of civil conflict during which several hundred thousand have been killed, millions displaced as refugees, and the rise of extremism in

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TURKEY IS NOW FORCED TO WALK THE LINE… (…as that hydra-headed wildfire of conflicts closes in on its borders….) After almost five years of sitting on the sidelines in its attempts to avoid getting sucked into the vortex of the

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CAN THE SYRIAN KURDS PROVIDE A LATTER-DAY SALADIN… (…as the seed that will flower into a new civil and open society for all Syrians?) Saladin, was a Kurd…and some 800 years ago he re-conquered most of what we call the

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GOING IN HALF-APP… (…when full-bore is the need) We’ve said it many times before…there’s no other place on earth worth one drop of American blood, or, one American soldier’s life…least of all anywhere in the Middle East, and especially in…Iraq.

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A PIED-PIPER’S PLOY FOR THAT CALIPHATE (…to lead them into a world of rabid theocratic purity) The recent military successes of ISIS militants with their capture of Ramadi in Iraq, and Palmyra, in Syria, is providing further attraction for more

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RESOLVING THE SYRIAN-ISIL CONUNDRUM… ( will require a bi-polar…not a mono-polar approach to succeed.) President Obama’s international coalition to sustain an intensive air-strike campaign against ISIL in Iraq, and now Syria, amounts to a stop-gap measure, and does not do

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WE’RE STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE… (…kinda….) The President finally came forward with some kind decision about how to deal with ISIS/ISIL. He laid it all out in yesterday’s address to the nation. Not quite clear on how “strategic” his

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IF IT’S A NO-STRATEGY STRATEGY… (…it makes it seem like Nero’s fiddling while Rome burned…) After three useless ventures as nation-building artistes in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, with less than glorious outcomes, America now faces the prospect of yet another

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BACK INTO THE WILD-BLUE YONDER (…coming full circle to where we were…before) The President has ordered an open-ended air-strike campaign against the rampaging forces of ISIS in Iraq, because these are now attempting to attack the Kurds there. It seems

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THE ONLY FAIL-SAFE OPTION LEFT TO SALVAGE SOMETHING (…from a decade of misguided policy) The further rapid disintegration of the Iraqi nation-state leaves the US with very few viable options. Given the way things are evolving on the ground, by

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