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The ISG Unplugged Categories: Iraq, Middle East, United States     Author: Eliot Cohen

The theory of the thing is very peculiar indeed. You are in the middle of a war - a hard war, a war that is going badly. If the government has bogged down, if the people inside have gone stale, you would say that the sound thing ... would be, first, to fire a bunch of officials (generals as well as

Editorial: The ISG?s Unrealism Categories: Iraq, Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The bipartisan Iraq Survey Group (ISG) report to US President Bush set out the grim reality of the situation in Iraq and made some plausible, even if predictable and contested, recommendations about military strategy there. However it also includes two recommendations about wider Middle Eastern poli

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Going Ballistic Categories: International Security, Iraq, Israel, Middle East     Author: External author

Although there have been limited missile sales by Russia and the Ukraine (to Iran), Pakistan (to Saudi Arabia) and China (to Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia), by far, the biggest supplier of missile technology to the Middle East is North Korea.

Editorial: First Things First Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Outgoing British PM Tony Blair has been very compelling in explaining the reality of Islamist extremist terrorism and the need to counter its totalitarian ideology at its place of origin in the Middle East. He has also been a sincere friend of Israel.

Scribblings: Papal Bull Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East    

As many people, including moderate Muslims, have pointed out, the violent response by some Muslims to a quote used in remarks by Pope Benedict XVI, which was alleged to present Islam as violent and ?inhuman,? was more than a bit ironic. These responses were essentially variations on the theme, ?How

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