Three Reasons Russia Is Escalating in Syria against the U.S.
On all fronts — diplomatic, military, covert-action, and economic — Russia is escalating against the United States in Syria. Timing is everything: There are three reasons that Russia is choosing this moment to act.
First off: January 20, 2017. Put simply, Vladimir …
America’s Refugee Program: A Clear and Present Danger
Our nation’s refugee program is a clear and present danger to the United States of America. Over one year ago, I introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 3314, the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2015, …
Despite Setbacks on Battlefield, ISIS’s Reach Is Growing
President Obama will visit the Pentagon today for an update on the war against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). Following the Orlando attack in June, the president insisted, “We are making significant progress.#…#ISIL is under …
Putin’s Gun vs. Obama’s Pen
In international relations, an effective message needs both constructive content and form. Consider the latest messages by President Obama and Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, on Syria.
On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported the Obama administration’s warnings that …
ISIS Genocide against ‘People of the Book’ — How Long Will Kerry Continue to Talk around It?
For five months, the State Department has indicated that Iraq’s Yazidi community should be declared a target of ISIS genocide but meanwhile has been less sure about ISIS’s intentions toward Middle East Christians. Tomorrow is Secretary John Kerry’…
American Diplomacy in Syria Has Handed a Victory to Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin
The impetus for John Kerry’s “cessation of hostilities” deal is easy to understand: According to the United Nations, 450,000 Syrians are under siege in 15 locations, and another 4 million are in hard-to-reach areas. The administration’s humanitarian concerns do them credit. …
The Syrian Meltdown Continues: American ‘Allies’ Are Now Fighting Each Other
Just when you think the situation in Syria can’t possibly grow worse, it does:
A limited ceasefire was supposed to take effect Friday in Syria, but there is no sign the fighting will stop.
In fact, it has become even …
Putin’s Syria Red-Line Strategy
‘I saw a stone cold killer.” That’s former Defense secretary Robert Gates, on looking into Vladimir Putin’s eyes.
The histories of the Syrian civil war will record an abundance of bloody red lines. History will recall how Assad …
Obama’s Syria Policy Is Morally and Strategically Bankrupt
Five years ago, President Obama proudly declared that “some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different.” Imagine how that must sound to a people whose government …
The Kremlin’s Selective Counterterrorism
To hear President Vladimir Putin tell it, his government is the proverbial tip of the spear in the global war on terror.
For months, Kremlin officials have taken great pains to style their intervention in Syria in grandiose terms — …
Meet Aleppo’s ‘Moderate,’ ‘Secular’ ‘Rebels’: Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood
As the invaluable David Pryce-Jones notes, Syria’s second-most important city, Aleppo, is the locus of heavy combat, pitting Russia and Iran, the forces propping up the Bashar Assad, against anti-regime fighters, also known as the “rebels.” David refers to …
Death and Disaster in Syria and Iraq
News from Syria is dramatic. Units loyal to the Bashar Assad regime have been besieging Aleppo, the country’s most important city after Damascus. In heavy fighting, secular rebels appear to have liberated most of it, maybe all of it. …
On Syria, Turkey Bows to Putin’s Will
Syria’s Civil War is a Shakespearean mix of vicious brutality and unending political intrigue. And this week, Turkey added another plot twist. Speaking yesterday, Turkey’s recent-to-the-job prime minister, Binali Yildirim, announced: “I am sure that we will return …
Faux Nation-States Breed Violence — See Syria and Iraq
Several years ago I heard the story of a freshman chemistry course at an elite American college. The professor informed the class that the electron model that they were about to learn was known to be incorrect. Chemists had not …
What Is Motivating Putin to Withdraw Russian Forces from Syria?
Vladimir Putin is withdrawing Russian military forces from Syria. At least, that’s the spin. What Putin is actually doing is withdrawing some of his forces — bomber-aircraft squadrons, for example — while retaining his military infrastructure (air bases, port …
Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad Are Running U.S. Syria Policy
According to press reports, Secretary of State John Kerry was confronted by Syrian civil-society workers at a London reception earlier this month. The activists pressed him on why the U.S. had failed to respond to the Russian and Syrian …
‘Our identity is to live like Jesus Christ.”
For the Christians of Mosul, Jesus Christ isn’t a benevolent teacher whose words help them to be nice. He is the Savior who opened the doors of eternity to them and …
How to Save the World: Old-School Foreign-Policy Realism
Today’s world is a toxic blend of nationalist emotions and divergent interests. The spillover from the Syrian civil war is making conflict between NATO member Turkey and Russia increasingly likely. ISIS poses an existential threat — in Paris, Jakarta, …
ISIS Attacks Shia Shrine of Mohammed’s Granddaughter
‘You can still smell a very strange mixture, I think perhaps of blood and fruit, on the site of the explosion.” So said Rami Ruhayem, a BBC correspondent at the scene of Saturday’s attack near Damascus.
Yesterday, ISIS attacked …
Assad Is Deliberately Starving Sunni Muslims in Syria
‘There is no food,” said Abu Omar, speaking to The Christian Science Monitor’s Nicholas Blanford about life in Madaya, Syria. “I have seen people eat leaves and hunt cats. There are no medicines, none of the things that people …