Iraq
April 30, 2018

Item 6 – Apr 2018

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A PARTIAL LIST OF PROFILES… (…of some key international players from today’s news headlines) We should never believe that the subject of -international affairs- is either dull or un-intriguing. Far from it because it seems to be a never-ending soap

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October 22, 2017

Vol. XII – Issue No.83– Oct 2017

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AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A BOLD STRATEGIC MOVE… (…to stabilize an unstable region and enhance US interests there) The Kurdish people recently held a referendum about what should be considered a historic moment…they’ve openly declared their intent to ultimately become an

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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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June 2, 2015

Vol. X – Issue No. 40 – Jun 2015

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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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October 1, 2014

Vol.IX – Issue No. 73 – Oct 2014

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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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September 11, 2014

Vol. IX – Issue No. 70 – Sep 2014

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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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August 31, 2014

Vol. IX – Issue No. 65 – Aug 2014

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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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