9:01 AM, Jul 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ali Khedery, writing in the Washington Post:
To understand why Iraq is imploding, you must understand Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki — and why the United States has supported him since 2006.
I have known Maliki, or Abu Isra, as he is known to people close to him, for more than a decade. I have traveled across three continents with him. I know his family and his inner circle. When Maliki was an obscure member of parliament, I was among the very few Americans in Baghdad who took his phone calls. In 2006, I helped introduce him to the U.S. ambassador, recommending him as a promising option for prime minister. In 2008, I organized his medevac when he fell ill, and I accompanied him for treatment in London, spending 18 hours a day with him at Wellington Hospital. In 2009, I lobbied skeptical regional royals to support Maliki’s government.
By 2010, however, I was urging the vice president of the United States and the White House senior staff to withdraw their support for Maliki. I had come to realize that if he remained in office, he would create a divisive, despotic and sectarian government that would rip the country apart and devastate American interests.
America stuck by Maliki. As a result, we now face strategic defeat in Iraq and perhaps in the broader Middle East.
Whole thing here.
4:47 PM, Jul 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Is Baghdad about to come under attack? And has the city already been infiltrated by ISIS sleeper cells, ready to act when the command comes?
12:10 PM, Jun 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry tells Fox News's James Rosen that the Obama administration does not "do foreign policy by polls." That, the sescretary of state said, is "a good thing."
4:09 PM, Jun 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The public and published reason that U.S. military units were pulled out of Iraq is that it became impossible to conclude a status of forces agreement with the Maliki government. One suspects that the overriding reason was that President Obama simply did not want them there.
12:11 PM, Jun 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Most Republicans say the United States should doing something about the violence in Iraq, according to a poll from CBS News and the New York Times. The poll found 52 percent of Republican adults say the U.S. has a "responsibility" to act in Iraq over the recent wave of terrorism there, and 53 percent say the country should be doing more there. Just 43 percent of Democrats and only 37 percent of independents said the U.S. has a responsibility in Iraq.
No one should mistake Iran for a friend.Jun 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40 • By REUEL MARC GERECHT
When Ottoman armies marched into Europe in the mid-14th century, Europeans started looking hopefully eastward for enemies of the Turks. Spanish and French kings sent ambassadors to Tamerlane when the last great Muslim Mongol conqueror started marching west. Europeans and Byzantines rejoiced when the Central Asian obliterated the hitherto invincible legions of the Ottoman sultan, Beyazid the Lightning Bolt, at the Battle of Ankara in 1402. When
The Kurds love America. It’s time to reciprocate. Jun 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40 • By DAVID DEVOSS
They came from the west through the Syrian Desert, across the Euphrates River, and down off the Nineveh Plain. Mosul, Baiji, Tikrit, Samarra—cities held by the U.S. military just two and a half years before—fell almost without a fight, absorbed into the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a prospective terrorist caliphate based on sharia law and governed by Salafist militants who make even al Qaeda shudder.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:45 PM, Jun 19, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on President Obama's Iraq speech to the press.
2:03 PM, Jun 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
President Obama said the government of Iran can play a "constructive role" in stablizing Iraq, with a condition.
"Our view is that Iran can play a constructive role if it is sending the same message to the Iraqi government that we’re sending," he said in a White House press briefing Thursday afternoon.
"And Iraq in chaos on their borders is probably not in their interest," he added.
1:55 PM, Jun 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
President Barack Obama said there would not be combat troops deployed to Iraq, but he left the door open for sending 300 military "advisors" to the country. In a Thursday afternoon White House press briefing, Obama said the United States has "humanitarian...strategic...and counterterrorism interests" in stopping the violent conflagrations across the Middle Eastern nation, led by terrorist organization ISIS.
9:35 AM, Jun 19, 2014 • By KEVIN NICHOLSON
The events of the last few weeks have been gut wrenching for many active duty members of the military and veterans. We have watched the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care scandal unfold, the absurdly lopsided trade of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five top-level Taliban commanders, and now the loss of hard-won Iraqi cities to ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) following the premature withdrawal of all U.S. troops from that country.