Posts Tagged: Iraq
The Supreme Leader oversaw plenty of state-sponsored violence, but viewed nuclear weapons as forbidden by Islam.
From the Assyrian Empire to the Mongols to the present, Iraq has been the perpetrator and victim of epic levels of violence.
The standards the U.S. purportedly used to prevent civilian deaths from drone strikes have been relaxed for airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
Iran is the linchpin of security in the Middle East.
Alternatives exist to airstrikes and boots on the ground when dealing with a threat such as the Islamic State.
But a state other than the United States might be a better choice to assume operational leadership.
Contradictory U.S. policies, as with Al Qaeda a generation ago, have aided and abetted the development of the Islamic State.
The expansion of the Islamic State is not a problem for the United States to solve alone.
The spirit of Saddam Hussein lives on in the Islamic State.
IS, formerly ISIS, elicits cult-like behavior in its followers and those it conquers.