Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cruz's Demagoguery on Israel and Iran- The American Conservative

A short and sweet piece concerning Ted Cruz's boringly predictable response to a story on Iran's nuclear program by The American Conservative's very own, Daniel Larison!

Cruz's Demagoguery on Israel and Iran

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

To Beat Russian Tanks, the Baltic States Study the Georgian War- War is Boring

For those who don't know, the site War is Boring is arguably one of the best independent military/foreign policy sites around. It has a fairly unique style of writing and the topics tackled by its authors are hardly typical.

Today, WIB author Robert Buckhusen posted a piece discussing just how nervous the three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) towards the Russians, not surprising given the events in Ukraine over the last year or so.

How are these Baltic states' militaries reacting? Smartly, by studying another conflict between the modern Russian military and a small ex-Soviet state: Georgia.


To Beat Russian Tanks, the Baltic States Study the Georgian War

Monday, October 20, 2014

FP- Do Iraq and Syria No Longer Exist?

Consider this if you will: Your country is in the midst of a serious "civil war", so serious in fact that you have lost control of one of your longest continuous borders, has your country ceased to exist as a unified & distinct entity?

That is just one of many worrying questions foreign policy wonks and world leaders alike, now tackled by Foreign Policy magazine's very own Joel Rayburn..

Definitely worth a read!

Do Iraq & Syria No Longer Exist? - Foreign Policy Mag

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Daily Beast: Goodbye to the Last of Syria's Good Guys

Ever since President Obama made his announcement that the US would be taking a much more active role in combating the forces of ISIS, much of the talk in Washington (both by pundits and "analysts") has been WHO exactly is the Syrian opposition forces we are pledging to help?

Are these forces the kind of freedom-loving force that NeoCons dream of or are we once again backing the "enemy of my enemy", hoping to God that those weapons and training we are giving them don't come back to bite us in the ass?

Well, Joshua Hersh of The Daily Beast has tackled this very question in a piece posted today:

Goodbye to the Last of Syria's Good Guys

The questions surrounding these "good rebels" are planning to arm/train to fight ISIS is far more important than many may realize.

Not only in such a strategy incredibly risky, but to be frank, our history with similar such "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" affairs is just plain terrible. All too often, these groups gladly ask for the help of the United States, only to stab us in the back THE moment it becomes politically expedient.

Further, giving how long Syria's civil war has ranged, one really has to wonder as to whether this is all MUCH too little, too late...