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Boots Necessary to Reboot Our Influence

by Bing West via Strategika
Friday, December 19, 2014

America has only one commander-in-chief at a time.

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Rebooting the U.S.’s Middle East Policy

by Barry Strauss via Strategika
Friday, December 19, 2014

To reboot its policy in the Middle East, the United States need not follow any sophisticated programs or up-to-date ideas. It needs only to act according to a rule as old as the Greeks and Romans: help your friends and hurt your enemies.

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Too Many Questions and Too Much Doubt

by Kori Schakevia Strategika
Friday, December 19, 2014

That fine strategist Groucho Marx said that in politics, authenticity is everything; once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

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Point the Way Out of the Hole

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Friday, December 19, 2014

The first step for the United States in the Middle East is to observe the First Rule of Holes: stop digging. The pursuit of a nuclear understanding with Iran without simultaneously acting to constrain Iran’s effort to dominate the region has destabilized the Sunni world, undermined key American alliances, and contributed to the rise of ISIS and related groups.

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Five Points for Success in the Middle East

by Thomas Donnellyvia Strategika
Friday, December 19, 2014

To reestablish a favorable balance of power across the Greater Middle East—the region stretching from the northwest coast of Africa through the Arab lands of the Levant and Persian Gulf into South Asia—the United States must first be clear about its geopolitical goals.

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Know the Enemy and the Nature of the Conflict We Face

by Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)via Strategika
Friday, December 19, 2014

An important first step in rebooting U.S. Middle East policy and more effectively addressing the roots of the problems that have manifested into threats to U.S. and international security demands that we more holistically embrace Sun Tzu’s maxim of the importance of knowing one’s enemy.

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The U.S. Must Turn Over Its Upside-Down Foreign Policy

by Kimberly Kaganvia Strategika
Friday, December 19, 2014

The United States does not have an image problem in the Middle East. It has a reality problem. The United States has lost credibility in the Middle East by abandoning its friends and reaching out to its enemies.

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Time to Combat the Spreading Virus of Radical Islam

by Joshua Muravchik via Strategika
Friday, December 19, 2014

America’s clout in the Middle East is waning, but this is not the fruit of an inexorable process divorced from human will. Rather it reflects aggressive bids by other actors—Iran, Russia, Turkey, and a variety of Islamist factions—to enhance their power at the same time that America has pursued a policy of lowering its profile and shrinking its footprint.

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Thoughts on the SSCI Report, Part II: The Program’s Brutality

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, December 19, 2014

I want to begin my review of the SSCI interrogation report and the responses from the CIA and the SSCI minority by addressing the area in which, in my view, the majority report is strongest: the allegation that the treatment of detainees was far more abusive, far less controlled, and far more brutal than the CIA has acknowledged.

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With Cuba Decision, Obama Hands Hillary Clinton A 2016 Gift

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Huffington Post
Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton knows a political gift when she sees one.

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