The Middle East & Beyond
The Tortured Report
The Senate’s torture report is a difficult document to parse—especially if you don’t have the proper historical context and knowledge.
A Response to Peter Berger Cross-Cultural Atheism and Social Capital
If pluralization depletes social capital, then might cross-cultural non-believers find some way to join together to create new forms of social capital, both in situ and virtually via the internet for example?
How the intricacies of U.S.-Turkish relations may figure into the meek nature of the U.S. air campaign against ISIS.
American Sex and the Middle East
We Americans talk about sex publicly all the time these days, but it rarely dawns on America’s cultural warriors that foreigners overhear these conversations. The consequences are not always trivial.
The Bad, The Worse, and the Lousy
Reluctant warriors like Woodrow Wilson, LBJ, and President Obama make special kinds of mistakes. We will see how those mistakes develop this time around.
The Coalition That Isn’t
Is General Dempsey chomping at the bit to go kill Arabs? Not at all. He is simply worried, as a competent military professional ought to be, that the anti-ISIS coalition-building effort the President announced in a primetime Oval Office speech on September 10 is not going so well. Actually, it’s going so very not well.
Do We Have a Strategy Now?
The President’s speech was good as oratory, but the lack of understanding of what is really going on in the Middle East means that the strategy the White House seems bent on pursuing is unlikely to succeed.