Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Planners in the Egyptian military want to boost the old defense-industrial complex by cultivating new smaller scale projects that partner the Egyptian armed forces with a diverse portfolio of second- and third-tier foreign defense manufacturers.
"If we manage to avoid this war, someone will deserve a Peace Prize, but probably not someone who already has one."
The West's sanctions on Iran are hurting the country's middle class and marginalizing the country's pragmatists. But they can neither cripple Iran's economy nor halt its nuclear program.
Libya is not a convincing precedent for intervening in Syria by arming opposition groups.
Nir Rosen's reporting from Syria for alJazeera reveals the character of the opposition.
President Obama, too, is pushing the envelope with Tehran to keep the Republicans at bay.
Iran is so militarily disadvantaged compared to its opponents as to make its threat to close the entrance to the Persian Gulf almost farcical.
The United States may also be working to ensure Georgian President Saakashvili's re-election.
Giving military aid to either side of the Syrian conflict will make civil war more likely and prevent the citizens of Syria from achieving any semblance of justice and freedom.
Al Qaeda never met a conflict it didn't like.