Summary: America led the invasion and occupation of Iraq, overthrowing a secular regime for what became a mostly Islamic theocratic state. It began in March 2003. Iraq is still burning. The news media seldom remind of the the chaos we created. The fighting Mosul is a vivid dot in the long war we irresponsibly ignited. … Continue reading Remember that the fires we lite in Iraq still burn. Look and learn.
Summary: Here Stratfor examines rumors that Turkey's army has entered the fighting in Iraq. If true, it's a serious expansion of a conflict that already looks like the early stages of the Thirty Years War that devastated central Europe. This might not be an increase of Turkey's involvement, but such a step might be coming. … Continue reading Stratfor explains: Has a Turkish military spearhead penetrated northern Iraq?
Summary: Today Peter van Buren examines the madness that is the core of America's foreign policy -- our relationship to the Middle East. We have set the region afire, with consequences unknowable. Until we learn from our mistakes, we'll continue to make them. Second of 2 posts today. What If They Gave a War and … Continue reading Peter van Buren asks what the Middle East would look like if we hadn’t helped
Summary: Nothing shows the magnitude of our failure in Iraq as its transformation from foe to friend of Iran. More than an ally, Iran has become powerful in Iraq's internal politics. Neither Iraq's rulers nor its neighbors are happy with this, and now they push back. Stratfor seems optimistic about their odds of success. Color … Continue reading Stratfor looks at Iraq, the Center of a Regional Power Struggle
Summary: We consume news in unprecedented amounts via the information superhighway, yet we know so little. Smart people have learned to convert hard news into clickbait (exciting fiction), which people we trust then disseminate (the same process spreads urban legends). It's advertising revenue for them but clouded minds for us. Either we learn to click … Continue reading America created ISIS, and other clickbait!