Flytrap to Breeding Ground

After the abject failure of the Iraq War became undeniable, court intellectuals strained to concoct alternative rationales for the War that would recast it as a success, or at least a work-in-progress. Of these, the favorite of blogger-pundit Andrew Sullivan (who has since vociferously recanted his support for the Iraq War) was “Operation Flytrap,” which […]

For Normal Relations With Cuba, End US Interventionism

Last week we saw an encouraging sign that the 50 year cold war between the US and Cuba was finally coming to an end. President Obama announced on Wednesday that the US and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and that embassies could be reopened in each country by the end of the month. For […]

Let Greece Exit the Eurozone

In withdrawing from negotiations with Greece’s international creditors and holding a referendum on whether Greece should adopt the further austerity required by the lenders’ financial aid package, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras figuratively pulled out a gun and threatened to blow a hole in the life raft that was given to his country in an […]

Iraqi Jet Bombs Baghdad; 134 Killed across Iraq

At least 134 were killed across Iraq today, including a dozen people who died when an Iraqi plane accidentally dropped a bomb on Baghdad.

While Saudi Arabia Goes to War Abroad, It’s Simmering at Home

To hear Saudi leaders tell it, the primary threat to the kingdom’s stability is the Islamic Republic of Iran. Worried over Washington and Tehran’s slowly improving relationship, Riyadh has projected an increasingly militarized and sectarian foreign policy aimed at countering Iran’s alleged hegemonic aims in the Middle East. Yet tension with Iran is only one […]

Explaining My Absence

By the time you read this, I’ll already be undergoing yet another unpleasant medical procedure – yes, old age beckons! Which means, unfortunately, there’s no column today: and I’ll be recuperating through Tuesday, which means I won’t be back at the old stand until Friday. But never fear – I will be back. See you […]

Still Waiting for USS Liberty’s Truth

Israel’s chokehold over U.S. politics and politicians has been so powerful for so many decades that this obvious reality is routinely denied, a collective gagging of the truth that is itself a measure of how strong the Israeli grip is. The most potent and poignant example of how much American independence has been surrendered to […]

US Spin On Access to Iranian Sites Has Distorted the Issue

VIENNA – A public diplomacy campaign by the Obama administration to convince world opinion that Iran was reneging on the Lausanne framework agreement in April has seriously misrepresented the actual diplomacy of the Iran nuclear talks, as my interviews with Iranian officials here make clear. President Barack Obama’s threat on Tuesday to walk out of […]

248 Killed across Iraq as Battles Rage in Anbar

Iraqi strikes on multiple locations in Anbar province killed dozens of people, but it is unclear whether all the victims were militants. Fighting also increased throughout the province and into the Baiji area. At least 248 were killed and 128 were wounded.

Another Spate of Bombings around Baghdad; 125 Killed across Iraq

On Friday, Iraqi jets dropped leaflets over Mosul, advising residents to listen to a new radio station that will give them further instructions once it begins to broadcast. The operation appears to imply that Iraqi forces are readying to liberate Mosul. At least 125 were killed and 60 were wounded in violence across the country, including several bombings in and around Baghdad.