Category Archives: US Middle East Policy

News flashes for the New Year

No time for news summaries, commentaries, or analysis, but I thought I’d link up some good articles found over the last week or so. I’ll start off with some “archival” material; Here’s a transcript from Gen Wesley Clark’s exposition of … Continue reading

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Putin Makes an Example of Turkey’s Back-Stabbing: Why the US and West Should Pay Close Attention

This article has been published at Sott.Net, a site I cite quite a lot: http://www.sott.net/article/307397-Putin-makes-an-example-of-Turkeys-back-stabbing-Why-the-US-and-West-should-pay-close-attention First the facts: the toll is settled. Two Russians are dead, and a Su-24 fighter-bomber and Russian helicopter that arrived in relief are down. A marine … Continue reading

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McCain thinks “shameful” that France attacks ISIS in Raqqa

In FoxNews interview, McCain Accuses Hollande of Allying with Russia How will France react? The government’s actions of the first few days following the Paris massacres are neither definitive nor surprising. Hollande’s security state has clamped down in France, in the media as … Continue reading

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Unsteady winds across an unsteady pivot: Turkey at the center of Eurasian chaos.

Turkey looks now like the unsteady fulcrum of an unsteady Eurasia. Erdogan’s surprising AKP “restoration” to single party rule, has imposed an iron cage around the opposition, attempting vainly to give the impression of strength and stability. But the country … Continue reading

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Resurgent Neo-Cons (III): Why Are Those F-15’s Going to Incirlik?

Speculations So Far: Anti-Russia/Syria, Anti-ISIS, Anti-Turkey, or Anti-US (casus belli sacrificial lambs) It begins: “The Pentagon is sending F-15Cs—supposedly to fight the ISIS war. But the jets only have air-to-air weapons, and ISIS has no planes. Which means the real … Continue reading

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… and another program on America’s interventions in Syria, going back to 2006

Here is a Sept 9 interview with Julian Assange of Wikileaks following the release of his book, The Wikileaks Files. The full 28 minutes are worth it — clear why the US would love to get their hands on him — but … Continue reading

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In the meantime…a good program on Russia’s interventions in Syria

A good overview of three main perspectives on the Russian interventions in Syria. This is Peter Lavelle’s show on RT. https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/318339-russia-syria-us-terrorists/ The guests: Fred Fleitz, Center for Security Policy, represents the closest to the Obama-Kerry view that now has the … Continue reading

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