The Middle East & Beyond
On With the War
Bashar al-Assad and company are actually trying to win the war. This is a somehow still a surprise in certain quarters.
How to Misunderstand What Didn’t Happen
The Russians didn’t “intervene” is Syria so much as “surge” there. The surge is ending, with most of the Kremlin’s immediate goals accomplished. But Russia is still in Syria.
The Stupidity of Saudi Bashing
It’s a little like a drug high, with a purposeless sense of exhilaration quickly giving way to a serious headache. If you’re tempted, seek counseling.
On the Trumpenproletariat
Trump is for real, like it or not, because the people who are attracted to him have real problems, and for the most part they are problems not of their own making.
Points of Convergence
We still may not know everything, but thanks to Jeffrey Goldberg, we know a whole lot more than we did a few days ago about how the President thinks.
Meanwhile, in Syria…
What’s been happening in Syria since the “cessation of hostilities” began to take effect about ten days ago? Both less and more than meets the eye of the casual observer.
In the Middle East, if you pull on the partition string, there is really no telling where it ends.
Ceasefire Follyanna? A Coda
The deal negotiated by Secretary Kerry is a rotten one. And he now has no choice but to pursue it, on terms he cannot control.
Has the President been a much savvier operator in Syria than he’s been given credit for, or is he a strategically incoherent improviser of last resort? Perhaps a bit of both.