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Congress Demands a Vote on ISIS War

Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

America Can't End Syria's Civil War

Dick Krickus, National Interest

Why Obama Let ISIS Off the Hook

Rogin & Lake, The Daily Beast

The latest apparent ISIS atrocity against an American citizen added to the congressional anger at the Obama administration for what many critics call an incomplete and unclear pl...(full article)

President Obama should emphasize that there is no military option that will end the turmoil associated with the civil war within Islam....(full article)

It is not hard to understand how the founding of the Islamic State by ISIS in contemporary Iraq might resonate amongst those who recall this history. Indeed, the ethos of 18th cent...(full article)

They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive.  That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless di...(full article)

After a week of talk of eliminating the "cancer" of ISIS, President Obama said Thursday that he was not planning to significantly expand the war against the Islamic extremist mov...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Defending Obama's Mideast Strategy - Peter Beinart, The Atlantic

President Obama’s critics often claim he doesn’t have a strategy in the greater Middle East. That’s wrong. Like it or loathe it, he does, and he’s beginning to implement ...

The New Arab Cold War - Steven A. Cook, Jacob Stokes & Alexander Brock, FP

The popular conception of the Middle East is one of a region divided along sectarian lines pitting Sunni against Shiite, but another simultaneous struggle is underway among predomi...

Questions on Airstrikes in Syria - New York Times

With American airstrikes slowing the march of extremists in Iraq, President Obama is considering expanding that action across the Iraqi border into parts of Syria, where fighters f...

Terrorism as Theater - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophistic...

U.S. Should Bomb ISIS ... and Assad - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

For the better part of three years it had been apparent that Assad’s propaganda was aimed at luring the West into a sordid compact with his regime founded on supposedly share...

Must America Attack Syria? - The Guardian

President Obama is a cautious man made more cautious by the constraints imposed on him by the gridlocked American political system. In dealing with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ...

In Syria, ISIS and Assad Must Both Lose - Rob Tracinski, The Federalist

Has anyone thought about what we’re going to have to do about the Islamic State—I mean, really thought about it?...

Obama Shouldn't Bomb ISIS in Syria - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Let’s hope that President Obama does not bomb ISIS inside Syria—unless, maybe, the airstrikes are coordinated with some other country’s troops on the ground. That...

What ISIS Learned from the U.S. About War - Brian Castner, Wash Post

We’re caught in a revenge cycle with a death cult, and it’s redefining modern warfare. The horrific murder of journalist James Foley is case in point. Once, hitting targets of...

Attacking Islamic State IS Attacking Assad - Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

The Assad dictatorship has worked hard to create a binary between itself and extremists. The destruction of the IS will leave the dictatorship exposed and vulnerable as never befor...

When Americans Leave for Jihad - Peter Bergen & David Sterman, CNN

What can be done? Western governments are keenly aware of the problem of Syrian veterans coming home both radicalized and trained. The problem is that in some European countries wi...

Assad Is Laying a Deadly Ambush for Obama in Syria - Fred Hof, TNR

President Barack Obama's decision to authorize aerial surveillance of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) positions in Syria suggests that airstrikes employing manned and unmann...

Iraq and Syria Follow Lebanon's Precedent - George Friedman, Stratfor

Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. This agreement between Britain and France reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey into the states we know today ...

The Islamic State's Home-Field Advantage - Aaron David Miller, FP

5 reasons why an expanded mission to strike James Foley's killers in Syria won't work. And why it's going to happen anyway....

Dempsey's Clarity and Obama's Confusion - Tom Rogan, National Review

Military strategy demands the disruption of an enemy’s “center of gravity.” The Islamic State’s center of gravity is in Syria, and General Dempsey’s comments last Thursda...

The Grotesque Alliance Carving Up Syria - David Blair, Daily Telegraph

As recently as 2012, after all, Baghdadi’s extremists were a weakened force confined to a small area of Iraq. Then Assad released a cohort of Syria’s most dangerous jih...

The Rand Paul Doctrine: Don't Get Involved - David Francis, Fiscal Times

At the height of the Iraq crisis, as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) surrounded a mountain where Iraqi Christians and other minorities had taken refuge, one loud voic...

Don't Cooperate with Assad - Michael Totten, World Affairs

The US is considering air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria as well as Iraq and the Syrian government says any unilateral action that isn’t coordinated with Damascus w...

Events Stoke Debate over Obama's Worldview - Zachary Goldfarb, WaPo

The week began with the breaking of the siege of Mount Sinjar in Iraq, thanks to U.S. bombing runs, and ended with the public beheading of American journalist James Foley in Syria ...

James Foley & the End of the Powell Doctrine - Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times

That’s been the entire problem with Obama’s foreign policy and with the Powell Doctrine from the beginning -- most problems are complicated. That’s why they’re problems. Un...

It's Time to Stop British Jihadists - Daily Telegraph

Western reaction to the territorial conquests made by Isil in Iraq and Syria has been uncertain and disjointed. “Humanitarian missions” have given way to air strikes. There has...

Obama Is Just 'Tickling' ISIS, Rebels Say - Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

U.S. airstrikes against ISIS, even if they extend into Syria as several Obama administration officials are signaling, don’t have a chance of destroying the terror group, modera...

Destroy the 'Islamic State' - John Bolton, National Review

Approving U.S. military force against the Islamic State on August 7, Obama stressed two limited goals: protecting U.S. civilian and military personnel in Irbil, the Kurdish capi...

What Wannabe Jihadists Like to Buy on Amazon - Mehdi Hasan, TNR

Sarwar and Ahmed, both of whom pleaded guilty to terrorism offences last month, purchased Islam for Dummies and The Koran for Dummies. You could not ask for better evidence to bols...

Is Islamic State the Best Possible Enemy? - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

It has become popular, in some circles, to refer to them as “the Orcs.” And not just because it’s easier than using their frequently changing English titles &ndas...

How Britain Became Yemen of the West - Andrew Gilligan, Daily Telegraph

Britain’s role as a chief exporter of terror was made horrifically clear this week. We examine the key failings of government and security forces that allowed home-grown jiha...

Stopping the Worst People on Earth - Charles Krauthammer, Wash Post

Stopping the Islamic State’s momentum creates a major shift in psychology. Guerrilla armies thrive on a sense of inevitability. The Islamic State has grown in size, demoralized i...

Don't BS the American People About ISIS - Brian Fishman, War on the Rocks

The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a stark reminder of the group’s terrible brutality and the serious...

Obama v. ISIS: This Time It's Personal - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

When ISIS beheaded an American journalist, it meant to intimidate—and provoke—the United States. It should be careful what it wishes for. The gloves just came off....

An Emirate Made Up of Thugs - Toronto Star

The Islamic State “caliphate” on the Syria/Iraq border, carved out of the power vacuums and chaos that have engulfed the region in recent years, is an emirate of thugs....

Britain's Jihad Problem - Financial Times

Although the sight of a British national belonging to the group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or Isis) claiming responsibility for beheading a bound victim is calculated to...

Were the Russians Right About Syria? - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

Oh the fickleness of humanity and history! This time last year, the British parliament was recalled by the prime minister, who appeared confident that he would receive a mandate to...

Assad Is Big Winner of U.S. War on ISIS - Joshua Keating, Slate

Assuming that the U.S. does reluctantly take on the project of defeating ISIS, or at least substantially degrading it, that decision will inevitably deepen America’s even-more-...

Hillary's 'Mission Impossible' Doctrine - Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

Inaction guarantees that the U.S. won't spend blood and treasure in a way that does not help or inadvertently harms us–though inaction has costs and risks too.  Another way fo...

What Turns British Muslims into Jihadists? - Daniel Hannan, Telegraph

"The experience of many ages proves that men may be ready to fight to the death, and to persecute without pity, for a religion whose creed they do not understand, and whose prece...

I Was Gassed by Assad - Qusai Zakarya, Foreign Policy

Every time I see President Barack Obama speak on television, I have horrible flashbacks. My eyes are burning, I struggle to breathe, and when I inhale, the air stabs my lungs like ...

The Hard Hand of the Middle East - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Reality can be harsh. In order for the United States to weaken and eventually defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it could use help from both the Iranian regime and that of...

If We Target the Islamic State, They Will Target Us - The Guardian

There is no action without reaction in the Middle East. At least since the Lebanese civil war, one way some of those in conflict with the United States and its allies have expresse...

When the Sword Is Mightier than the Pen - Colin Freeman, Daily Telegraph

Being a foreign correspondent in the post 9/11 world can be a very dangerous job. The word “sahafa” is one that every Western journalist in the Arab-speaking world lear...

ISIS Will Soon Be at Our Front Door - James Bloodworth, The Independent

The reported murder of the American journalist James Foley is further proof that Western countries must not be squeamish when it comes to helping the Iraqis and the Kurds to defeat...

Wake Up, America, the War Has Hit Home - Benny Avni, New York Post

Will the videotaped execution of James Foley shock America out of our dangerous flirtation with isolationism? The gruesome beheading of the 40-year-old photojournalist should screa...

Note to West: There Is No Avoiding ISIS - Shiraz Maher, The Guardian

For those of who have followed the conflict in Syria and Iraq closely, it came as no surprise – shocking though it was – to discover that a seemingly British jihadist had beh...

Welcome to Extremistan - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

Anyone with a brain or a heart cannot help but be deeply disturbed by the unending and seemingly accelerating torrent of grim -- sometimes horrifying -- stories emanating from the ...

Questions from the Syria Blame Game - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

Hillary Clinton recently reignited the who-lost-Syria debate when she suggested that President Obama made a mistake in not intervening more forcefully early in the Syrian civil war...

The Middle East Cold War and U.S. - Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?...

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