Whenever the U.S. Government has a choice between doing nothing and sending in the cavalry to sort out a non-vital national security contingency, it is a sure sign of an antecedent failure of imagination and planning.
Just a day or two ago came the news that the Libyan government, such as it is, has lost control of its own capital—Tripoli—not long after losing control of its airport there. The rump government is holed up in Tobruk now while Misuratan and Islamist rebels (Ansar al-Sharia and others) roam the capital’s desultory urban […]
Syria, Libya, Iraq, Egypt…why have Arab states had such a hard time of it lately? And would Palestine, if it were to become the newest Arab state, fare any better?
Though there are some important differences this time around, the solution to this recurring nightmare remains the same—and remains unlikely.
The Iraqi state in its historic territorial configuration is gone—solid gone, and it ain’t coming back. Time to start thinking hard about next steps.
Jim Schlesigner was a great man, a consequential man, and an enigmatic man too in some ways.
Seeger was an unrepentant communist (with a small c). But the criticisms of his politics always seemed to bear too personal an edge.
Saturday’s Washington Post ran an interesting article on its front page, above the fold left, called “Virginia stays out of gaming as stakes rise.” As the author, with the very improbable name of J. Freedom du Lac, explains, Virginia is one of only ten states (plus the District of Columbia) to have successfully resisted the […]
A lot has happened since I last wrote, on November 13, about the P5+1-Iran nuclear negotiations. The main development, of course, is that there is now a signed “interim” agreement and, as was not the case on November 12, there is a text to be perused. It’s not entirely obvious how or why we got […]
Everyone keeps telling me that short posts sprayed out more frequently are vastly better in the blogosphere than long-form, more deeply considered analysis less often offered. But they never say better for what, or for whom. Well, never mind that for now. I’m so busy with other, higher priorities, that I’m in a rare mood […]