Seize the Chaos

Israel lacks a national motto. If its leaders are looking for a Latin one, “carpe chaos” would be an apt and honest choice. “Seize the chaos” is half of Israeli foreign policy in a nutshell (the other half being the instigation of that chaos in the first place). Indeed, even its friends in the media […]

War Party Targets Putin and Assad

Having established a base on the Syrian coast, Vladimir Putin last week began air strikes on ISIS and other rebel forces seeking to overthrow Bashar Assad. A longtime ally of Syria, Russia wants to preserve its toehold on the Mediterranean, help Assad repel the threat, and keep the Islamic terrorists out of Damascus. Russia is […]

Reality and Symbolism in Public Affairs

While the American media was enamored by the charismatic pope’s "historic" visit to the United States (I seem to remember popes have visited before), more important earthly developments occurred. The leaders of the next two most powerful countries in the world (after the United States) did or were scheduled to meet with President Obama, and […]

I Wish Nobody Was Bombing Syria

The US regime change policy for Syria has been a catastrophe. More than 200,000 killed and an entire country reduced to rubble at least partly because President Obama decided that “Assad has lost his legitimacy.” How is it that the president of a country 6,000 miles away has the authority to decide whether another leader […]

Bombers Strike across Iraq; 191 Killed, 116 Wounded

Bombers struck in several town across Iraq, including Baghdad.

The Hope Behind Putin’s Syria Help

Russia’s airstrikes on rebel strongholds in Syria, now in their fifth day, are a game-changer. To borrow an aphorism from philosopher Yogi Berra, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” Yogi also warned, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” What follows, then, will focus primarily on how and why the violence […]

Role Reversal in the New Cold War

This past weekend marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the reunification of Germany, an event that formalized the end of the cold war. The so-called “German Democratic Republic,” one of the most repressive of the Soviet-imposed regimes established in the wake of World War II, was no more. It imploded without a shot being fired. The […]

Cholera Spreads in Iraq; 72 Killed in Battles

The number of cholera cases has now surpassed 800 cases. Cholera was first reported in the Abu Ghraib area, but it has since spread along the river system to several southern cities, including Basra. Authorities blame old infrastructure and low water levels for the epidemic. Overcrowded refugee camps have compounded the problem. Iraq has reopened […]

89 Killed in Iraq as Bombers Strike near Baghdad Shrine

Bombers returned to the Iraqi capital where they tried to strike at a shrine in northern Baghdad. At least 89 were killed.

The Moral Rabbit Hole

The New York Times reported last week that U.S. soldiers still fighting the war in Afghanistan – 14 years on – are under orders to be “culturally sensitive” regarding different attitudes among our Afghan allies about, uh . . . the sexual abuse of children. One officer was relieved of his command several years ago, […]