Regions / Iraq
Obama is more than willing to stand up against the Islamic State. Too bad he wasn't willing to stand up to his hawkish critics.
The Obama administration’s war plans in Iraq and Syria are illegal, ill-conceived, and destined to fail. Here's what the U.S.—and you—can do instead.
America is now fighting the Iraq War for the third time, somehow madly expecting different results, while guaranteeing only failure.
Iran is the linchpin of security in the Middle East.
Many Americans have reached the point that they can no longer conceive of a legitimate war unless it’s on our own soil.
The U.S. cannot confront climate change, growing economic inequality, and the deterioration of our infrastructure and education system without reducing the $1 trillion it spends annually on defense.
Alternatives exist to airstrikes and boots on the ground when dealing with a threat such as the Islamic State.
Like layers of an onion, ISIS supporters can be carefully peeled away. But not if Obama goes into Syria and Iraq with a mallet.
Weakening ISIS requires eroding the support it relies on from tribal leaders, military figures, and ordinary Iraqi Sunnis. Here's how to do it without bombs.
But a state other than the United States might be a better choice to assume operational leadership.