U.S. Marine Corps, Cpl Andre Dakis
Last week, President Trump ordered his national security team to undertake a 30-day review of the nation’s strategy to combat ISIS. However, in just the 11 days since he took office, Trump has already jeopardized the hard-earned gains of the last two years against ISIS in what has been the central theater of the campaign: Iraq.
Last week, the new Commander-in-Chief doubled down on his campaign riff that America should have “taken Iraq’s oil” – this time while standing in front of a wall of fallen CIA officers, idly musing “maybe you’ll have another chance.” Then on Friday, he banned nationals from the seven countries, including Iraq, from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Yesterday, Iraqi’s Parliament responded in kind - voting to block U.S. citizens from entering Iraq.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 1, 2017
Taking west Mosul: A bridge too far? -- Tallha Abdulrazaq, Al Jazeera
Trump and the Art of the Syrian Peace Deal -- Bloomberg editorial
European Leaders Are Now Describing Trump as a Threat -- Uri Friedman, The Atlantic
The U.S.-Mexico relationship is dangerously on the edge -- Arturo Sarukhan, Washington Post
Trump's visa ban isn't as new as you think -- Peter Van Buren, Reuters
How unusual is Trump's use of executive orders? -- Weston Williams, CSM
Democrats Prepare for Political War -- Albert Hunt, Bloomberg
It’s Putin’s World: How the Russian president became the ideological hero of nationalists everywhere -- Franklin Foer, The Atlantic
Why Putin needs Orbán -- Lily Bayer, Politico
Is Putin stepping up the violence in eastern Ukraine? -- Gretel Kauffman, Christian Science Monitor
While Trump Fiddles, Putin Steps Up the War in Ukraine -- Nolan Peterson, Newsweek
Could violence in Ukraine be a precursor to something worse? -- Phillip Williams, ABC News Online
Stirring up the Spectre of New Balkan Wars -- Dejan Anastasijevic, Balkan Insight
By Lifting Sanctions, Trump Could Hand Russia’s Military a Lethal Technological Advantage -- Patrick Tucker, Defense One
A mosque shooting Quebeckers must never forget -- Konrad Yakabuski, The Globe and Mail