The Skeptics

Give Abbas Another Chance

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, is old and tired. The eighty-one-year-old from the village of Safed has been ensconced in the dysfunction and heartbreak of Palestinian politics for most of his professional life, where he played second fiddle to Yasser Arafat for years before climbing his way to the top of the PA hierarchy.

Can America End Its War in the Greater Middle East?

ISIS continues to hold vast swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. A civil war rages in Yemen. Turks fight Kurds. A new UN-sponsored unity government struggles to assert its authority in Libya. A military dictatorship controls Egypt. Refugees fleeing chaos in Syria are flooding into Europe, and beyond. The Taliban is still in Afghanistan, and also terrorizing Pakistan. Violence between Israelis and Palestinians persists.

Does ISIS Even Have a European Strategy?

With the bombers dead and investigations just a week old, the motives behind last week’s bombings in Brussels’ airport and metro will remain murky for some time. Of course, reporters and terrorism analysts have offered lots of speculation, much of it focused on how the attacks serve the agenda of ISIS’s leaders. That approach, I believe, overstates ISIS’s coherence and wisdom.

Do Military Leaders Deserve Our Trust?

The preamble to America’s most treasured document, the Declaration of Independence, declares that US citizens have the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, our Founders designed a government that derives its “just powers from the consent of the governed.” Much of Capitol Hill has long disregarded the views and opinions of the governed when formulating policy and legislation.

How to Strangle ISIS with Diplomacy

Prior to the horrific terror attack in Brussels, Ohio governor and Presidential candidate John Kasich said that to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS), the United States must deploy troops “in significant numbers” on the ground “and in the air both in Syria and Iraq. And at some point, we will have to deal with Libya.” It seems intuitive: the battle against ISIS using only airpower has thus far proven inconclusive.

Is it Time for America to Quit NATO?

NATO will celebrate its sixty-seventh anniversary in April. Instead of being an occasion for the usual expression of mind-numbing clichés about the alliance’s enduring importance both to U.S. security and world peace, it should become an opportunity for a long overdue assessment of whether the NATO commitment truly serves America’s best interests in the twenty-first century. There is mounting evidence that it does not.