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Analysis and Commentary

Baker-Hamilton's fine print: Stay in Iraq

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, December 11, 2006

'Persuasion involves both incentives and penalties," Henry Kissinger once remarked...

In the News

The Autumn of our Discontent

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, December 10, 2006

The pundits and politicians on the East Coast have really lost it, declaring the war in Iraq now over and lost—even as 140,000 American soldiers are not only still in the field, but fighting in the belief that they can and will win, and that such a victory leading to a stable government in Iraq will enrich millions in the region and make us safer at home...

In the News

Iraq 2013

with Niall Fergusonvia New York Times Magazine
Sunday, December 10, 2006

Scholars and diplomats who have closely studied civil wars describe them almost as forces of nature, grinding on until the parties exhaust themselves, shredding bonds that cannot be stitched back together even long years after the killing stops...

Analysis and Commentary

Close the Bases

by Larry Diamondvia New York Times
Sunday, December 10, 2006

Among the 79 recommendations of the report is one addressed explicitly to President Bush: He “should state that the United States does not seek permanent military bases in Iraq..."

In the News

The fabulous Baker boys

by Robert Zelnickvia Guardian - Comment Is Free
Sunday, December 10, 2006

As a fig leaf for defeat the report of the Iraq Study Group co-chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker and Lee H Hamilton sets the gold standard...

In the News

Almost Everything Today

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Thursday, December 7, 2006

Sixty-five years ago today we were attacked at Pearl Harbor...

In the News

Civil wars or proxy wars?

with Niall Fergusonvia Asia Times
Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Words often mean the opposite of what they appear to mean in the Middle East...

In the News

Sword of the Shia

with Larry Diamondvia Newsweek
Monday, December 4, 2006

One way to understand Moqtada al-Sadr is to think of him as a young Mafia don...

In the News

Diplomacy seen as essential, but difficult U.S. has ignored Iraq's neighbors for too long, experts say

with Abbas Milani, Charles Hillvia San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, December 4, 2006

For eight months, the congressionally chartered, bipartisan Iraq Study Group has debated the available options for U.S. policy in Iraq -- options so limited that one leading analyst has called them the "almost good, the bad and the ugly..."

In the News

How Jew- Friendly Persia Became Anti-Semitic Iran

with Abbas Milanivia Moment Magazine
Monday, December 4, 2006

Abdol Hossein Sardari didn’t look like a hero...

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