Tag Archives: Iraq

Mark Collins – The Awful Disaster of the “Arab Spring”

2 May

Excerpts from a review at the NY Times Book Review: Things Fall Apart [print title] By KENNETH M. POLLACK [erstwhile CIA analyst and NSC staff member] A RAGE FOR ORDER The Middle East in Turmoil, F…

Source: Mark Collins – The Awful Disaster of the “Arab Spring”

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Mark Collins – Tide Turning vs ISIS in Iraq/Syria? What About Iraqi Government?

2 May

Further to this post and “Comments”, Special US Boots in Iraq Combat vs ISIS (plus Syria) a map at a tweet that shows considerable push-back vs the Caliphate: But what if the Iraqi gove…

Source: Mark Collins – Tide Turning vs ISIS in Iraq/Syria? What About Iraqi Government?

Mark Collins – The US “Promoting Democracy” Abroad, or, “Look Homeward, Angel”

26 Apr

There’s a lot of reality and sense in this piece at Foreign Affairs: Why Is America So Bad at Promoting Democracy in Other Countries? There’s no quick, cheap, or military-based way to bring p…

Source: Mark Collins – The US “Promoting Democracy” Abroad, or, “Look Homeward, Angel”

Mark Collins – The West and the Middle East: No Guts

11 Apr

I wrote earlier: What to Do About the Bloody Middle East? … Poor bloody locals. If the West is truly willing to sort things out right now, are we then willing to rule–one way or another–for some de…

Source: Mark Collins – The West and the Middle East: No Guts

Mark Collins – Lebanon to Go Down the Tubes With Saudi Push?

16 Mar

One of the authors of the following is “Michael Bell…former Canadian ambassador to Jordan, Egypt and twice to Israel. Before the last federal election, he advised Justin Trudeau on fore…

Source: Mark Collins – Lebanon to Go Down the Tubes With Saudi Push?

Mark Collins – Tony Blair, or, the Mendacious (maybe not?) Eel, Part 2

7 Mar

Further to this post, this book review at The Economist seems rather unable, the title aside, in fact to make up its mind about the merit or otherwise of the erstwhile New Labour prime minister: A …

Source: Mark Collins – Tony Blair, or, the Mendacious (maybe not?) Eel, Part 2

Mark Collins – Special US Boots in Iraq Combat vs ISIS (plus Syria)

29 Feb

This POTUS pledge, …President Obama’s oft-repeated insistence that he would put no “boots on the ground” in Iraq or Syria. (By “no boots,” Obama explained, he really meant no “Iraq-styl…

Source: Mark Collins – Special US Boots in Iraq Combat vs ISIS (plus Syria)