The Middle East & Beyond
More Fun with Economists
The real mystery isn’t why there’s a mismatch between our economic metrics and reality. It’s why we should expect them to line up in the first place.
Rhodes to Ruin
Postmodern politicking didn’t start with the Obama Administration, but it has reached its apotheosis with Ben Rhodes.
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.