Pentagon-backed rebels are fighting CIA-backed rebels

In Syria, rebels backed by the Pentagon are fighting rebels backed by the CIA.  Yet more proof, says Jonah Goldberg channelling Kevin Williamson, that the government should be in charge of everything.

Less sarcastically, it is proof of the incoherence of our foreign policy, the ineptness of the current administration’s attempts at intervention, and our inability to impose our will in a chaotic civil war.

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We now have full diplomatic relations with Cuba

Castro’s flag now flies over the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., as diplomatic relations were restored between the United States and its Cold War nemesis. [Read more…]

We’ve reached a nuclear deal with Iran

The Obama administration, along with 5 other countries, reached a deal with Iran, cutting sanctions in return for a ten-year moratorium on that country’s nuclear weapons program.  So now, without sanctions, Iran can potentially sell its oil and grow rich and powerful, and possibly after a decade become a nuclear power.  Israel is profoundly worried, if not panicked, and the balance of power in the Middle East is altered.  But at least maybe the Shi’ite Iran can counter the Sunni ISIS.  What do you think of this deal? [Read more…]

Our muted response to ISIS

If you are worried that the U.S. is reigniting the war in Iraq, don’t be.  Despite the atrocities being committed by ISIS/The Islamic State, our airstrikes are designed simply to protect Americans in threatened cities and to protect those Yazidis besieged on that mountain (that siege is reportedly over, as the Yazidis have now escaped).  But, according to two Washington Post analysts, there is no effort to stop ISIS as such or to win back the large amount of territory they have taken over. [Read more…]

A post-mortem of Obama’s foreign policy

British journalist Charles Moore has written a devastating critique of President Obama’s foreign policy.  Read it all, but sample the excerpts after the break. [Read more…]

American absence

In the course of a discussion of how Vladimir Putin is rebuilding Russia’s Soviet-era spheres of influence, international affairs columnist Jackson Diehl raises yet another example of ineptness in American foreign policy. [Read more…]