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Bacevich Speaks to My Strategic Soul

I first heard of Ret. Col. Andrew J. Bacevich in graduate school. His book, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, had been required summer reading. Looking back, I hated it before I even started reading–how dare someone talk about the end of American exceptionalism. Nonetheless, a few days later, after I finished, […]

Obama v ISIL

In a few hours, President Obama will hold a press conference laying out his strategy to handle ISIL. It comes after weeks of speculation and calls for action on daily talk shows and the internet, as well as a month long campaign to bomb ISIL targets in Iraq. It’s high time somebody steps up to […]

Hesitant Support for Limited Strikes on Syria

Last week’s presumed chemical weapons attack on the rebel stronghold in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta is forcing Obama’s hand. All indicators point to Assad and his forces as the culprits, but he insists otherwise. We’ll likely never know what calculus led to Assad using chemical weapons. Regardless of what it was, his actions […]

Damage Has Already Been Done

On Friday, Iranians went to the polls and elected Hassan Rouhani as president, the only relatively moderate candidate left in the election. By all reports, the turnout was large. While not as high as in 2009, it certainly dwarfed our own Presidential election this past November. Analysts, those with a deeper knowledge of Iran—not the […]

Iran Stands to Lose in Syria

Contrary to a recent Washington Post piece, Iran doesn’t stand to gain from continued fighting in Syria. While Iran wants the Assad government to remain – so that Iran can continue to use Syria as a conduit for influence in Lebanon – Iran would have to spend unreasonable amounts of blood and treasure to defeat […]

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