Did Iran Win The US-Iraq War?

By: Thursday September 26, 2013 12:04 pm

A central claim in a new story published by the New Yorker is that the real victor in the 2003 war between the US and Saddam governments was the Islamic Republic of Iran. Profiling Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Qods Force, a division of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the article describes how [...]

U.S. Officials: Syria Used Chemical Weapons

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 11:04 am

American officials, including Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, have now stated that they believe the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against their people. This act crosses the “red line” President Obama declared existed and that, if crossed, would lead to direct American involvement in the Syrian Civil War. The United States now believes the [...]

U.S. Confirms Israeli Air Strike as Syria and Iran Threaten Response

By: Thursday January 31, 2013 6:53 am

American officials have now confirmed that Israel did in fact launch an airstrike within Syria. A charge Syria made previously but Israel would not confirm. The now confirmed airstrike could cause an expansion of the Civil War in Syria to other countries in the Middle East igniting a larger conflict in the region. From the [...]

The US: The Saudi Arabia of Oil

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 7:01 am

I recall hearing quite a bit from various governors that the US is the “Saudi Arabia of coal” or the “Saudi Arabia of wind,” or whatever natural resource they had in abundance. Now, according to AP energy writer Jonathan Fahey, the US verges on becoming the Saudi Arabia… of oil. U.S. oil output is surging [...]

Israel’s Barak Calls for Unilateral Withdrawal From Parts of West Bank

By: Monday September 24, 2012 1:42 pm

In the US press, a big story on the Middle East today is another ignorant comment by the President of Iran, who holds very little power in the Islamic Republic relative to the Supreme Leader. But the really big story comes out of Israel, where Defense Minister Ehud Barak called for a settlement pullout from [...]

Libyan People Protest, Drive Militias Out of Major Cities

By: Monday September 24, 2012 7:34 am

The attack on the US consulate in Benghazi certainly revealed some level of instability in Libya. It showed the consequences of military intervention, putting guns into a country and inevitably seeing them funnel into the hands of extremists. And there is justifiable criticism of the new Libyan government as ineffective outside a very narrow band. [...]

In New Fundraiser Comments, Romney Sees No Hope for Two State Solution in Middle East

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 7:39 am

When Mother Jones released the secret fundraiser video of Mitt Romney doing his best Thurston Howell III impression (yes that links to a David Brooks op-ed) they promised more to come. Today’s video concerns the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and while Romney will sadly not suffer politically for denigrating the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza, [...]

US Embassy in Yemen Site of Unrest, Joining Libya, Egypt

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 6:56 am

Given the mysteries of the Benghazi attacks on the US consulate (not an embassy, and not an entity that was guarded by Marines, apparently), I’m going to step lightly before attributing any Middle East incident to anything else in a direct through-line. But we do know that riots/protests/attacks are proliferating. Today they have spread to [...]

Iran’s Threats to Close Strait of Hormuz Would Have Major Economic Implications

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 11:09 am

Economic forecasts as well as year-end “what to look for” lists cannot possibly take into account unexpected scenarios that could lead to economic catastrophe or international incidents. The death of Kim Jong-il is conceivably one of these unpredictable events on the foreign policy side. The Iranian threat to close off the Strait of Hormuz would [...]

Israel Exacts Vengeance on Palestine for Joining UNESCO

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 1:34 pm

The fallout from the entry of Palestine into UNESCO continues. In addition to the US, bound by statute, removing their funds for UNESCO, Canada canceled its voluntary funding. The organization’s budget is probably close to 1/4 smaller than it was just a few days ago. And that can’t help but impact UNESCO’s work around the [...]

Deal to Free Gilad Shalit Reached, Possibly Including Marwan Barghouti

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 12:56 pm

Gilad Shalit, the Israeli Defense Forces soldier who has been under the control of Hamas since 2006, may be freed in a prisoner exchange deal, according to multiple officials. Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office said that “a brief window of opportunity has been opened that would possibly lead to Gilad Shalit’s homecoming,” adding: “The [...]

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