Middle East

The Cost of a Surge

Due to Bush’s “emergency requests”, it is virtually impossible for the nation to track Iraq spending. The decision to “surge” forces this winter would only exacerbate the problem.

End the Crusade

The debacle in Iraq reaffirms the lesson of a thousand years ago: there is no such thing as a good crusade; divine missions are not conducive to sensible policy.

Dimitri K. Simes

Boomeranging Sanctions on Iran

The Bush Administration now has Iran sanctions to brandish, but the resolution is pragmatically irrelevant, undermines U.S. interests and represents a liability for the UN and the Security Council.