Exporting American Democracy

There’s a lot of talk out there about the death of the Sykes-Picot agreement in the Mideast. There may be a lot of truth in that, but in any case, it does not mean the US and the West in general has no responsibility to help fix the mess they’ve made of the region. I expound this week in Souciant.

Obama Running Out Of Options On Syrian Intervention

I continue to believe that Obama correctly does not want to escalate US involvement in Syria. But the geo-politics are robbing him of options very quickly. I explore at LobeLog.

Sorting Through Salafism

I rarely post articles here by others. But the piece my friend Bilal Ahmed has penned for Souciant today is an absolute must-read for anyone dealing with issues around the Middle East, terrorism, Islam, et al. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Please check it out.

Little Support in Washington for Kerry’s Mideast Efforts

While John Kerry was putting on a show in the Mideast, Congress was showing where the US really stands. I elaborate at Lobelog

Burying the Palestinians

John Kerry is advancing the show of extricating the US from the Middle East, this time by “exhausting all possibilities for peace.” This opens up some opportunities for the Palestinians that I explore in Souciant this week.

Kerry’s Latest Mideast Trip Doomed Before It Starts

John Kerry’s charade in Israel and Palestine is growing exceedingly tiresome. As I explain in Lobelog today, Israelis are laughing at him, other US diplomats are sneering and Palestinians, as usual, are just frustrated.

Democracy Means Equality

A fundamental plank of any peace plan has to be universal rights and full equality for all, and that is true whether the solution is one state, two states, twelve states or no states in Israel-Palestine. I elaborate at Souciant.