Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Issue 63

Should the United States Leave the Middle East?
Background Essay
Background Essay

Learning From Failure: Formulating A New U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A commentator recently complained that President Trump does not have a “Syria strategy” and therefore awful Assad is winning. Countless Op-Ed writers before him likewise commented that President X “did not have a [insert the name of any country from Morocco to India] strategy,” and therefore awful Z was winning.

Featured Commentary
Featured Commentary

Leaving The Middle East?

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

With the exception of President George H. W. Bush, every U.S. president since the end of the Cold War has promised American retrenchment from the Middle East. They all have failed to make good on their promises.

Featured Commentary

Leaving The Middle East: The Fallacy Of A False Dichotomy

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr.via Strategika
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

In classical logic, the false dichotomy, or false dilemma, is defined as an argument where only two choices are presented yet more exist, or a spectrum of possible choices exists between two extremes. False dilemmas are usually characterized by “either this or that” language but can also be characterized by the omission of choices. This insidious tactic has the appearance of forming a logical argument, but under closer scrutiny it becomes evident that there are more possibilities than the either/or choice that is presented.