Obama’s Playing “Small Ball” in Iraq and Syria

Obama Bombs Terrorists

Mark Byrnes: The cumulative effect of the crises in Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria has been to erode the public’s support for Obama conduct of foreign policy. The temptation to “look tough” by launching airstrikes is tremendous. That does not make it good policy.

Beheading Reality

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Tom Hall: If we look at the larger picture, what’s really happening here is that U.S. taxpayers are funding both (or all) sides of these civil wars, our war materiel suppliers are making out like bandits, and now we are being asked to, once again, ship our young men and women to be cannon fodder to feed the war industrial machine.

Has President Obama Sold Us Down The River?

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Michael T. Hertz: Although supposedly Americans are in favor of taking military action against ISIL, President Obama’s decision to go forward without congressional approval and a vote makes little sense, either politically or strategically.

Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

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Kathy Kelly: When U.S. politicians want to sell a war, their marketing is top notch: they can count on the U.S. public to buy that war at least long enough to become irretrievably committed to it, as long as the advertising for that war leaves them feeling threatened.

Jerusalem: A World Away

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Raffaele Piccolo: Israel has instituted a raft of policies as to residency and movement into and about Jerusalem. These policies seek to make the city out reach for most Palestinians.

Obama’s Sand Trap

Obama Middle East Choices

Tom Hayden: His military and diplomatic advisers are not useful caddies, because they are handing him the wrong clubs, military ones, for a struggle, which he says has no military solution.

Will Gaza Cease Fire Hold?

Gaza Cease Fire

Alon Ben-Meir: This latest round of hostilities has ironically produced a positive effect in that both sides have come to the realization that neither can defeat the other both politically and militarily with impunity, and that other options must now be explored to end the vicious cycle of violence.

Just What We Need: Another War

Invading Syria Next

Danny Schechter: Why look back? No one wants to learn anything! Iraq 2 was a disaster. Can we expect Iraq 3 to be any better?

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