See Volt

20 Flips | 4 Magazines | 3 Following | 1 Follower | @seevolt | Keep up with See Volt on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “See Volt”

The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

<b>In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through</b> …

Barack the buck-passer

I think I have finally figured out the essence of Barack Obama’s approach to foreign policy. In a word, he is a "buck-passer." And despite my …

Just What Makes Goldblog a Middle East Expert, Anyway?

A look at the archival evidence<p>Since I announced that Goldblog would be coming to an end, I've received many e-mails from longtime readers who have expressed various kind thoughts about the blog, and about my efforts here. I also appreciate, grudgingly, the criticism directed my way, except for the …

10 Years After 'Mission Accomplished,' the Risks of Another Intervention

A decade later, there are important lessons to be learned from that speech as we ponder military action in Syria.<p>Larry Downing/Reuters<p>In March, many commentators reflected on the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by the United States and its coalition partners by recalling the alleged …

We Should Give Syrian Rebels 'Smart Guns' That Can't Be Turned On Us

A potential solution to the "what if the rebels give their arms to terrorists" issue.<p>In his press conference on Tuesday, President Obama acknowledged that Bashar al-Assad's forces deployed chemical weapons and said he would "have to rethink the range of options" to deal with the deteriorating …

Why America Gets a B+ in Counterterrorism

On the second anniversary of the death of Osama Bin Laden, there have been laudable achievements in the fight against al-Qaeda, but we can do better on human rights.<p>On May 2, 2011, the American people celebrated the news that Osama bin Laden, mastermind behind 9/11 and international symbol of …

The U.S.'s Anemic Civilian Outreach Abroad

The world, and particularly the Middle East, are changing. But Washington is not.<p>After helping coordinate the American civilian aid efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya, Mark Ward arrived in Turkey last year to oversee the Obama administration's effort to provide non-lethal assistance to …

What Happens When the Enemy of Our Enemy Is a Terrorist?

A Chicago teen is facing terrorism charges after trying to join an al-Qaeda-affiliated group to fight President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

A Cloud No Bigger Than a Man's Hand: Iran Dept.

Let's see how this story looks a year from now.<p>In the six months -- yes, it's been that long -- since Barack Obama's re-election, the drum-beats from the United States and Israel about bombing Iran have partly died down. Not totally, of course; recall the Hagel hearings, and also this Congressional …

Turkey Fears Russia Too Much to Intervene in Syria

Ankara won't step into the conflict because it's terrified Moscow will retaliate -- again.<p>Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov visited Ankara on April 17th, but the event went almost unnoticed. Despite deep differences between Ankara and Moscow over Syria, Turkey has refrained from rebuking …

Israel's Only Interest In Syria Is Keeping Weapons Away From Hezbollah

This weekend's strikes weren't intended to hurt Assad or the rebels.<p>Israel mounted two air raids on Syrian military facilities near Damascus this weekend, striking what was believed to be a store of Fatah-110 missiles that were destined for transfer to the Lebanon-based Islamist militant group …

Bill Keller's Absurd War Metaphors as Hawkish Propaganda

In a column advocating for intervention in Syria, he implies doing so might resemble choreography and a symphony.<p>Former <i>New York Times</i> editor Bill Keller, who regrets having supported the Iraq War, warns us in his most recent column that we shouldn't let that experience prevent us from intervening …

America's Best Options in Syria

We can arm the rebels, push for UN sanctions, indict Assad, or pressure Russia. Or better yet, a combination of the above.<p>President Obama has repeatedly declared that the use of chemical weapons by Syria in its fight against rebel forces would be a "game changer." But he's refused to elaborate on …

McCain's Benghazi Fishing Trip Lands Gregory Hicks

John McCain has persisted on Benghazi to the point of seeming off his rocker -- until he uncovered someone whom we should have heard from long ago.<p>Last evening in Manhattan, Senator John McCain met with supporters of a new center named in his honor called the John McCain Institute for International …

The Best and Worst Countries for Moms, in One Map

The U.S. has the most newborn deaths in the industrialized world.<p>This Mother's Day, you might find the best-off <i>äiti</i>s in Finland, and the worst-off <i>mamans</i> in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those are the best and worst countries for moms, respectively, according to one international ranking …

What We Learned About Benghazi: Incompetence, but No Cover-Up

Moving hearings on Capitol Hill don't turn up any evidence that the Obama Administration deliberately misled Congress or the nation.<p>There was tragic incompetence, plainly, in the Obama Administration's handling of the Benghazi attacks, and even possibly some political calculation. It is a record …

Interview: NATO Supreme Allied Commander on Syria and Soft Power

Admiral James Stavridis talks with us about this year's biggest military challenges.<p>It's a big year for big, messy problems -- the Syrian crisis continues to confound the international community, the U.S. and coalition partners are gearing up to depart Afghanistan, and the so-called "Arab Spring" …

How Russia is Using Syria to Boost Its Global Standing

But there's a limit to how much Moscow can do to stop Assad.<p>MOSCOW - After marathon meetings with Secretary of State John Kerry here Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hinted that Moscow may finally pressure Syrian President Bashir al-Assad to leave office.<p>"We are not interested in the …

Why Kerry Was Wrong to Say the Two-State Solution Is Nearly Dead

We shouldn't take the settlements as an irreversible fact<p>In an appearance before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on April 17, John Kerry became the first US official to put an expiration date on the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kerry stated not only that the window …

Turkey blames Syria over Reyhanli bombings

Turkey's foreign minister has blamed Syria for a double car bombing that killed 46 people in a border town, as the US and the UK pledged to stand …