Tag: Syria

Trump Will Gift Syria to Putin

Far from effecting the overtly promised removal of the Russian sanctions and unable to stop his own government from cracking down on the oligarchs, I think Donald Trump is desperate at this point to produce a deliverable to Vladimir Putin.…

Military Fail

I didn’t expect Trump’s missile strikes to change much on the ground in Syria and, in a way, that was a point in their favor. So long as it was a response to the use of chemical weapons and not…

Trump Strikes Syria

First the good part. The military strikes that Donald Trump authorized tonight against a Syrian airfield avoided many possible pitfalls. The target made sense, as it is the Intelligence Community’s assessment that the presumed sarin attacks that were carried out…

Trump’s Foreign Policy Mess

David Usborne doesn’t think that Xi Jinping will be moved “by the usual golf-and-cocktails Mar-a-Lago treatment,” and in fact believes that it’s a terrible idea for Trump to be meeting with him at this point in time. One main reason…

Trump Invites a Deep State Reaction

Because ISIS is so religiously extreme and brutal toward their enemies and civilians, it’s easy to forget that they are Sunnis fighting on the Sunni side in a sectarian war against the Alawite regime in Syria (which is aligned with…

Fuzzy Math is a Moral Failing

Catherine Rampbell makes a good point about the frustration a lot of progressive wonks have with the Sanders campaign. There’s actually a moral objection to how he’s presenting his proposals that is just plain discomforting. I think her best example…

Why Stand to Give a Speech?

Callum Borchers writes for the Washington Post. According to his bio, his assignment is to cover “the intersection of politics and media.” He appears to do this for Chris Cillizza’s little niche called “The Fix.” Last night, Barack Obama made…

The Lessons of Chalabi

In my admittedly limited experience talking to Iraqis over the years, I’ve come to believe that most of that country’s citizens didn’t foresee the kind of sectarian bloodshed that followed the invasion of Iraq. It’s true that the type of…

Tell Us Something We Don’t Know

Let’s just put the following in the category of “no duh.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday blamed the United States for the spread of terrorism in the Middle East, saying America’s dual post-9/11 wars — and its alliance with…