Category Archives: Iraq

Even If You Think We Should ‘Defeat ISIS’, What Makes You Think We Can?

A while ago, I argued that, regardless of what one might think about the need to intervene in Iraq and Syria to stop ISIS, our foreign policy establishment/national security apparatus has had a dismal record of failure in the Middle … Continue reading

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Fearing the Middle Eastern Version of Lord’s Resistance Army: ISIS Is Comin’ to Getcha?

It goes without saying that ISIS (or ISIL, or IS, or Islamic State…) are vile. But as Gary Brecher notes, they’re a lot more like the LRA than the Taliban circa 2000–locally monstrous, but hardly a tide sweeping across…well, much … Continue reading

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Drone Strikes As a Failure of DHS

One of the reasons we are conducting air attacks in Iraq and Syria is because of a group called Khorasan, which is supposed to be planning nefarious evil doings against the ‘homeland.’ Unfortunately, it seems Khorasan might be a bit, … Continue reading

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We Are a Nation of Stupids: The ISIS Is Comin’ to Getcha Edition

File this under “We’re doomed” (boldface mine): “He should have had troops in there a while ago,” Mr. Taylor, 47, a carpenter, said. “To me, it just seems like he kind of protects the Muslim people.” Admittedly, one should be … Continue reading

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The Definition of Insanity, Also Known As the U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment

The old saw “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results” certainly applies to our Middle East foreign policy. Regarding the increasing drumbeat for another war in Iraq, Lance Mannion asks: Should we do … Continue reading

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From the Ashes, the War Hawks Rise Again: It’s Always About Them

As the drumbeat to do something about the militant group ISIS gets louder, it’s worth remembering the run up to the context in which ISIS arose–the aftermath of our failed conquest of Iraq. A key factor, then and now, was … Continue reading

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Why Counting Coup Over the Iraq War Matters

Despite some pundits claiming that we should let bygones be bygones when it comes to fail Iraq punditry and policy, Reed Richardson lays out why we need to remember who got it right and who got it wrong: One measure … Continue reading

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