Category Archives: The Middle East

A collection of commentaries on American involvement in the Middle East.

ISIS

America has the attention span of a cat.  We move from issue to issue quickly and tend to view each problem we face as if it were a unique thing, unrelated to other, broader problems. United States was born in … Continue reading

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Sending “Advisors” into Iraq, Again

When I was 7 years old I did a very stupid thing. Of course it was neither the first nor the last stupid thing I did, but it informed my decision process from then on. I grew up in a … Continue reading

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Middle East and ISIS

It appears that the Middle East is on the verge of explosion. Iraq is splitting into Sunni, Shia, and Kurdish  factions. Syria is struggling with violence between an insane coalition of competing interests on one side, and the forces of … Continue reading

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Iraq, Again

I supported the original incursion into Iraq. I was suspicious of George Bush’s motives, but the possibility of WMD and the development of a coalition overcame my doubts. I was wrong. It appears to me now that the original effort … Continue reading

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The Syria Problem

I have been listening to the news from Washington and from the Middle East. I have also been reading posts and articles, both pro and con, concerning the possibility of the United States taking action against Syria. As I see … Continue reading

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