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.
The United Arab Emirates and Egypt bombed Libya without consulting with the United States. Mahmoud Abbas is set to unveil an initiative for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the content of which the United States will not see beforehand. Leading from behind, indeed.
Catching up on some stuff I don’t want to slip by: The most important news of the past few days is arguably contained in a somewhat-buried article in the New York Times by Robert F. Worth and C.J. Chiver, entitled “Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran.” The subtitle gives a hint of one of […]
It’s been a while since I addressed specifically Middle Eastern issues in this space, but of course that does not mean nothing is going on there worth commenting upon. If anything, too much is going on. In addition to the standard frustrations of the bloodletting in Syria, the fragility of the new Iraq, the even […]
By far the biggest political story of the weekend, and one likely to be with us in one form or another for a while, concerns Administration leaks of sensitive national security matters (mainly) to the New York Times. The basics of the story are already well known. On Friday Attorney General Eric Holder directed two […]
It used to be, I think, that the vast majority of strategists and statesmen played chess, or in non-Western cultures some comparably complex game that required players to anticipate what their opponents might do in an extended sequence of moves. This was good training for the real world. If you read in the history of […]