Murray Polner: Putin has challenged the US, which since the end of WWII, has believed—with virtually no dissent at home—that the Middle East is its exclusive playing field.
Joseph Palermo: By portraying Russian actions in Syria as “aggression” and “interference” without acknowledging the far more significant role U.S. policy played over the past 12 years in creating the crisis, the American people are being led astray once again on the goals and consequences of U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.
Gareth Porter: Rouhani’s UN message has opened the door on engagement with the US but insists that cooperation on resisting IS is the priority in Syria
John Peeler: Putin will inevitably find, as the West found, that it’s easier to get into the Middle East than to get out.
Murray Polner: Hey, world, American weapons are available for (nearly) everyone while triggering a new American-inspired Middle Eastern arms race.
Ron Briley: As we move toward concluding the historic nuclear pact with Iran it is worth remembering that many Iranians have a good reason for not trusting the Americans.
Stephen C. Frantz: People in the Middle East stand a chance for better lives, the U.S. has a potential new ally, and the likelihood of never-ending war is reduced.
Marcy Winograd: How fortunate for AIPAC leaders that at the midnight hour, when time and patience is running out on Israeli expansionism, they find not a firebrand, but a low-key Democrat to carry their water.
Mel Gurtov: There was a time not long ago when the Syrian situation was all about getting rid of Assad by supporting the armed resistance. That possibility is dead.
Marcy Winograd: On Thursday, local constituents will hold a candlelight vigil in support of peace and diplomacy right before the congressional vote scheduled this week on the nuclear agreement with Iran.
John Peeler: The West has been having a hard time controlling the Middle East for a long time. We have been like a viceroy suddenly called upon to ride an unruly camel. It is time to find a way to climb down.
Ted Vaill: A number of Democrat Congressmen and Senators have not yet announced their positions on the deal, arguing that they want to attend the classified briefings of the White House this coming week on the deal before deciding.
Patrick T. Hiller: Our beliefs about war sound really insipid when a toddler is lying face down on a beach, dead, far away from his home where he should have been playing and laughing.