The Skeptics

Obama’s Win-Win on Iraq

The end of the Iraq war is a rare win-win situation for President Obama. So far, he has played his hand skillfully. And it is a fair bet that he will continue to do so. Indeed, it might be one of the only policy areas that won’t cost him votes come next year.

Foreign Policy on Hold?

Marc Lynch blogged a couple of months ago about how little attention Yemen has received compared to events this year in Libya, Syria, Egypt and other places. Lynch argued persuasively that this inattention made the task of getting Saleh to leave power more difficult and that the costs of international inattention were high for Yemen’s opposition. It is true that Yemen received relatively little attention in the U.S. media compared to other Arab Spring uprisings.