Friday, October 7, 2016

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 7, 2016

Rajan Menon, National Interest: American Military Intervention Can't Save Syria

The New York Times appears to have experienced an epiphany of the obvious on Syria.

On October 6, its op-ed page ran a piece by Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson, both former members of President Obama’s National Security Council, warning against American military intervention in Syria’s civil war.

The paper has been a hospitable forum for advocates of military intervention in Syria, academics (some of whom had been senior foreign policy officials) as well as Senators. They had backed the wars in Iraq and Libya but insisted that their recommendations would work this time around. Don’t learn the wrong lessons from history…that sort of thing.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 7, 2016

Why Russia Is Threatening the US in Syria -- George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

Only U.S. resolve can save Syrians -- Colin P. Clarke and William Courtney, USA Today

Will Obama's Aimless Drifting Lead to War in Syria? -- Robert W. Merry, National Interest

Al Qaeda Growing Stronger By the Minute -- Bennett Seftel, Cipher Brief

How ISIS terrorists neutralize guilt to justify their atrocities -- Bertrand Venard, The Conversation

Israel Braces for Obama's Parting Gift to Palestinians -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg

Special Report: In Duterte's war on drugs, local residents help draw up hit lists -- Andrew R.C. Marshall and John Chalmers, Reuters

Is South Korea a 'nation in trouble'? -- Julian Ryall, DW

The Pentagon’s War in Libya Is Quietly Heating Up -- Joseph Trevithick, War Is Boring

ISIS replaced Boko Haram's leader for being too bloodthirsty — now the group's splintering -- Max Siollun, Foreign Policy

Is Kenya losing the war against al-Shabab? -- Up Front/Al Jazeera

War of words escalates as Moroccans go to vote -- Hisham Aidi, Al Jazeera

What We Can Learn From the Refugee Crisis That Doomed the Roman Empire -- Eric Scigliano, Observer

The next U.S. president’s big problem: an emboldened Putin -- Konrad Yakabuski, The Globe and Mail

Colombia’s Nobel Peace Prize: From Bad to Farce -- Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast


RRH said...

A tip for you Editor,

James said...

The above Al Jazeera article shows the Islamicists have broken out past the straits on the African side. The Dardenelles, Persian gulf entrance, Red Sea (Suez Canal), and now Gibraltar, they are close to achieving closure.