Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Iran is on the hot seat these days while the threat from Saudi Arabia is ignored.
In this edition of Annotate This... Stephen Zunes and Erik Leaver analyze Bush's statements and offer an alternative interpretation of the situation on the ground.
America is forcing Iran into a corner, from which it is only likely to emerge armed with a nuclear warhead -- turning what is considered by many a nightmare scenario into a reality.
Trying to paper over political problems in Iraq by sinking additional American greenbacks into military operations misses the point entirely.
The mostly hidden story of escalated aerial bombardments in Iraq and elsewhere in the region.
The last few days have brought a flurry of tense words between the Bush administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki. Make no mistake: these words are dangerous.
Read the back story on why the administration thinks this deal makes sense.
This turkey may not fly.
Like a gambling addict who has to keep betting more to cover his previous losses, the Bush administration's recently announced plan to provide some $65 billion worth of advanced weapons to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel over the next 10 years represents a reckless, poorly considered attempt to mitigate the consequences of its ill considered invasion of Iraq.
Muqtada al-Sadr and his followers are deeply embedded in the political structures of the new Iraqi state, regardless of how Muqtada might currently challenge the legitimacy of that state because of its dependence on U.S. support.