What Makes the US Think it Can Effectively Train Middle East Armies?

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 6:48 am

Now that we have officially started the War in Syria I want to make a point about a key part of President Obama’s plan against ISIS. It depends heavily on finding and training “moderate” rebels. Over the course of a relatively short period of time we are planning to turn a diverse group of militias, who may or may not currently be enemies which each other, into a coherent force capable of defeating ISIS on the ground. This is so fundamental to Obama’s plan that extra funding for these rebels was the only part that actually got a vote in Congress.

We Are Arming All Sides

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 1:12 pm

UPDATE: Obama Delivers Statement on Continuing Resolution Audio link Before sending more weapons to so-called “moderate” rebel groups in Syria, let’s just take a moment to consider the pernicious arms cycle we perpetuate. Previously, we armed rebels in Libya. That helped overthrow the dictator there but also destabilized the country. As a result of the [...]

The Dronification of America’s Foreign Policy

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 10:28 am

The American people support airstrikes in Iraq but not boots on the ground, according to a new YouGov poll. It found 58 percent of Americans support President Obama’s plan to conduct airstrikes against insurgents in Iraq, but there is strong opposition to putting American personnel on the ground in any capacity. A mere 15 percent support sending American ground troops to actually fight and only 30 percent would support sending troops to just assist the Iraqi army.

America is Better at Welcoming Refugees Than It Is Achieving Peace With Bombs

By: Monday August 11, 2014 8:49 am

There is a new humanitarian crisis in Iraq which is partially product of all our previously attempt to improve the Middle East with freedom bombs and handing out weapons to the “good rebels.” Yet apparently our brilliant new solution to fix this latest problem is even more freedom bombs and more weapons for a new [...]

Public Doesn’t Think There Is a Responsibility to Intervene in Iraq

By: Friday July 18, 2014 8:05 am

The American people continue to be opposed to new military actions around the world after over a decade of expensive wars. Even with renewed violence in Iraq thanks to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria a clear majority in the country doesn’t think the government has a responsibility to take action. According to a new [...]

Poll: Americans Don’t Think US Has a Responsibility to Act in Iraq

By: Monday June 23, 2014 8:34 am

There is yet another reminder that after two long and expensive wars the American people have turned sharply against spending blood or treasure in another foreign conflict. According to a new NYT/CBS News poll, 50 percent of Americans don’t think the country has a responsibility to act in Iraq to try to stop the fighting. [...]

Why We Shouldn’t Invade Random Countries

By: Monday March 3, 2014 6:20 am

A big reason why we shouldn’t invade random countries on flimsy pretexts, besides being a waste of money and destructive of life, is it completely undermines our moral authority. I wish our Secretary of State could say something like, “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. [...]

We Already Fought One War to Send a Message About WMD, How Well Did That Work?

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 9:54 am

We have already tried using military force to send the message the United States opposes Weapons of Mass Destruction and it didn’t seem to work very well as a deterrent. The United States launched a massive full scale invasion of Iraq to supposedly send the message that we oppose the use, development or stockpile of [...]

Iraq: When “Everyone” Is Wrong Together No One Faces Consequences

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 7:44 am

On the tenth anniversary of the war in Iraq it is worth remembering how many people were deeply wrong. Top politicians in both parties, administration officials, reporters, columnists, and even many bloggers. They were wrong about the weapons of mass destruction, about the links to Al-Qaeda, and about how quickly the war would end. Over [...]

Libyan Factions Potentially Facing More Civil Conflict

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 12:00 pm

After the US and our NATO allies provided a bunch of weapons and military aid to a diverse hodgepodge of Libyan militias, who mainly only agreed on the fact they didn’t like Muammar Gaddafi, it now appears they are having trouble getting along. From The Guardian: The Libyan leader, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has vowed to [...]

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