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Obama, Here’s How You Should Be Fighting the Islamic State

Eight military experts weigh in.<p>At his news conference on Monday, President Barack Obama laid down a gauntlet. Just two days after the Islamic State took credit for the recent deadly attacks in Paris, he challenged his critics to come up with alternatives to what he’s already doing to fight the …

Political Science

The Reports of Saudi Arabia’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

The collapse in oil prices, which have more than halved from their previous peaks, has not been painless for Saudi Arabia. However, it’s far too soon …

It's Time for the United States to Start Worrying About a Saudi Collapse

As if there weren’t already enough problems to worry about in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia might be headed for trouble. From plummeting oil prices …

Heading towards disaster

<b>The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East.</b> By Eugene Rogan. <i>Basic Books; 442 pages; $29.99. Allen Lane; £25.</i><p>“UNTO us a son is born!” …

How the Dominoes Will Fall After ISIS Takes Damascus

For more than four years, the Assad regime in Syria has resisted its people's cry to be freed from dictatorship.<p>During the last several weeks, the …

Bibi's dilemma: Netanyahu can't avoid critics as speech to Congress looms

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a dilemma on his hands: Address Congress and infuriate President Obama or back down and alienate voters back home. And it may already be too late to avoid both results.<p>The situation has become much more delicate since Netanyahu accepted House Speaker …

Israel

Obama's Middle East Fantasy

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

This is the best explanation of what conservatives don’t like about Obama’s foreign policy

It's easy to recite the litany of conservative critiques of Obama's foreign policy. He's too afraid to use American power. He cozies up to dictators and scorns American allies. He's naïve, feckless, and hubristic.<p>It's not always obvious to non-conservatives, though, how these individual arguments …

War is the new normal: 7 reasons America can’t escape conflict

No sooner do we withdraw from one Middle Eastern country than we reengage another. It’s a cycle we refuse to break<p>It was launched immediately after the 9/11 attacks, when I was still in the military, and almost immediately became known as the Global War on Terror, or GWOT. Pentagon insiders called …

I was an American sniper, and Chris Kyle’s war was not my war

Don’t make the mistake of thinking the hit movie captures the truth of the Iraq conflict. I should know. I lived it<p>I spent nights in Iraq lying prone and looking through a 12-power sniper scope. You only see a limited view between the reticles. That’s why it’s necessary to keep both eyes open. This …

How Iran Is Making It Impossible for the US to Beat ISIS

Washington needs to quit pretending it can work with Iran to defeat the Islamic State. Tehran’s real objective is to defeat Washington.<p>It was August …

Middle East

What If America Had Never Invaded Afghanistan?

The story of one spy’s last-ditch effort to stop a war<p>Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Osmani, the Taliban’s military leader for southern Afghanistan, sat stolidly, his great bulk sup­ported in an overstuffed chair to my left. It was October 2, 2001, and events had been hurtling forward since the terrorist …

Afghanistan

The Netanyahu Disaster

The Israeli prime minister has two main tasks, and he's failing at both.<p>Benjamin Netanyahu believes he has just one job, and that is to stop Iran from getting hold of nuclear weapons. He might argue that this description of his mission as Israel’s prime minister is too limiting, though such an …

Benjamin Netanyahu

The Fall of the House of Saud

Americans have long considered Saudi Arabia the one constant in the Arab Middle East—a source of cheap oil, political stability, and lucrative business relationships. But the country is run by an increasingly dysfunctional royal family that has been funding militant Islamic movements abroad in an …

Saudi Arabia

The Tragedy of the American Military

The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.<p>In mid-September, while President Obama was fending …

ISIS Atrocities in Iraq Represent the Catastrophic Failure of Bush Doctrine and Neoconservative Foreign Policy

Soon after 9/11, the Bush administration led the country with confidence and bravado, calling out an Axis of Evil and offering a bold new plan to remake the map of the Middle East. Unfortunately, bringing democracy to Afghanistan and Iraq proved more difficult than Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and Bush …

Foreign Policy

Hamas Has Already Won Its Rocket War With Israel

The weapons rarely hit their targets, and the death toll has been lopsided against them. But by showing their rockets can hit all of Israel, Hamas …

Here’s What the U.S. Has to Do to Deal With the Mad Middle East

The Muslim world’s turned upside down. Washington must forge new alliances to meet the jihadi challenge. One of its partners should be Iran.<p>Six …

We Did Not 'Lose' Iraq

Iraq has made an unwelcome return to the American public consciousness. In late December, the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham …

War on Error

One of the most active fronts in the war on terror is Washington, D.C., where skirmishes over our understanding of al Qaeda have grown increasingly …

An Edge in the Desert

Weapons are pouring into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. The Pentagon recently that it would sell six tilt-rotor to Israel for $1.3 …

Why Democracy Will Struggle In The Arab World In 2014

It’s not just the war in Syria and Egypt’s military crackdown—democracy will continue to struggle in countries across th e Middle East in 2014.<p>There …