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The United States Should Admit It No Longer Has a Middle East Policy

If the current — and future — U.S. administration wants to battle the Islamic State, save Syria, and keep ties with Israel, it’s got to ditch the Cold War playbook.

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What Can 200 U.S. Commandos Actually Accomplish in Iraq?

Much less than the White House wants.

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The War for Islam

Amid a roiling Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia are fanning the fires of sectarianism and playing politics in a zero-sum proxy war of religious fervor.

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U.N.: Almost 19,000 Civilians Killed in Iraq Since 2014

A new report from the U.N. outlines the civilian death toll in Iraq, and the fears of execution and torture that exist for those who are still alive.

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Why do so many Americans care more about Benghazi than about the Iraq War?

I don’t understand the disproportionate focus on a half day in Benghazi vs. more than a decade in Iraq. When people say they just the ...

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The Tyranny of Distance

25 years after Desert Storm, America still hasn’t learned why it’s so difficult to win wars overseas.

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