The Syrian Quagmire

Douthat considers Obama’s case for war in Syria specifically and finds it lacking: Writing in support of our initial northern Iraqi intervention, I argued that it passed tests that other Middle Eastern interventions, real and hypothetical, did not: There was a strong moral case for war and a clear near-term military objective and a tested ally to … Continue reading The Syrian Quagmire

Why Not Webb?

Albert Hunt imagines that Jim Webb could pose a real challenge to Clinton. Some of the reasons why: Clinton recently said she disagreed with Obama’s decision not to intervene in the Syrian civil war. Webb warns that the Syrian opposition includes not only elements friendly to the U.S., but also the radical Islamic State forces that … Continue reading Why Not Webb?

Another Long War Begins?

According to some sources (NYT), the Obama administration’s plan to stamp out ISIS is likely to last at least three years: The first phase, an air campaign with nearly 145 airstrikes in the past month, is already underway to protect ethnic and religious minorities and American diplomatic, intelligence and military personnel, and their facilities, as well as to … Continue reading Another Long War Begins?

That Other Arab Country

by Jonah Shepp When I tell people I used to live in Jordan, I often get responses like “Jordan? That’s upstate, right?” It doesn’t get nearly as much coverage in the Western press as its neighbors, and Jordanians probably aren’t too upset about that, considering why its neighbors are in the news. Jordan hasn’t experienced … Continue reading That Other Arab Country

Syria’s War At Israel’s Door

by Jonah Shepp Heavy fighting reported in Syrian Golan Heights between gov't and rebel forces — (@haaretzcom) August 28, 2014 The Syrian civil war took an interesting turn late last week as fighters from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra overran the Quneitra checkpoint between Syria proper and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and captured or surrounded dozens … Continue reading Syria’s War At Israel’s Door

“It Really Doesn’t Matter Whether Or Not You Agree With The Israeli Government’s Policies”, Ctd

by Phoebe Maltz Bovy I want to thank the Dish readers who responded to my recent post on anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Yes, even the furious ones. You’ve helped clarify my thoughts on the topic. Below, I respond to several (overlapping) dissents. One reader writes: Regarding Phoebe’s post “It really doesn’t matter whether or not you agree … Continue reading “It Really Doesn’t Matter Whether Or Not You Agree With The Israeli Government’s Policies”, Ctd

Mission-Creeping Toward Syria

by Dish Staff Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, in what looks like a first step toward some kind of military engagement there: On Monday evening defense officials said the reconnaissance flights had already started, and told the New York Times that they include both manned and unmanned aircraft. President Obama has yet to approve any military action in Syria, but … Continue reading Mission-Creeping Toward Syria

Fighting The Islamic State In Iraq And Syria?

by Dish Staff The border between Iraq and Syria is meaningless to ISIS, and may soon become meaningless to the US as well, with administration officials dropping hints right and left that the air campaign against the “caliphate” might eventually cross it. The hints began with deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes on NPR early yesterday morning: … Continue reading Fighting The Islamic State In Iraq And Syria?

The Fate Of The Syrian Rebellion

by Dish Staff Robert Ford disputes the conventional wisdom that the non-jihadist rebels in Syria are more or less finished: The death of moderate armed opposition elements has been greatly exaggerated. These groups — whom I define as fighters who are not seeking to impose an Islamic state, but rather leaving that to a popular decision after … Continue reading The Fate Of The Syrian Rebellion