The problem is, in the past, when America led the world in its missions, it always put its own interests first.
Obama wants to wage war without going to war, and the president has developed a plan to do so. It's highly improbable that his plan in any way resembles reality: There are just too many questions Obama isn't considering.
We will waste ink and more time before Obama's strategy against the Islamic State can see the light. What was never written before will be written now, of analysis and conclusions; even unrelated subjects will be added.
And sometimes, those writings would add to this strategy what is beyond the capacity to endure, [Read more]
The war that is beginning against the Islamic State, known in the past as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, will be Obama’s war — forever.
When in 2003 George Bush decided that the military operation in Iraq was a way of combating international terrorism, al-Qaida did not have a foothold in that country. A decade later, the so-called Islamic State, an offshoot of a branch of al-Qaida in Iraq, controls territory stretching from Aleppo in Syria to Falujah, [Read more]
It was 8:46 in the morning in New York when an American Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. It was the beginning of a nightmare that left nearly 3,000 dead and that history would remember as the 9/11 attacks. The world would never be the same.
Today is the 13th anniversary of [Read more]
Successfully combating the Islamic State requires that Obama dares to take steps that might alienate Iran, but there is much to suggest that he will not take them.
In this age of nationalism, excessive ethnic identification and ultra-religious dogma, it is fairly easy to identify those who would benefit first when the drums of war start beating.
<i>It has become clear for Republicans: Obama has no strategy, he ignores further outbreaks of violence, and the result is that half the region — from Libya through Lebanon, Israel and Syria to Iraq — is set on fire. And it is hard to defend the president’s politics on the Middle East even for Democrats.</i>
On Wednesday night, Barack Obama gave a speech that he never could have imagined having to give. Just one day short of 13 years after the September 11 attacks, the president put the United States on the path of another war — or, more accurately, a revisited war — and cultivated public opinion with similar illusions [Read more]