The Kings, Sheikhs, and Dictators of the Middle East Have United Against ISIS (Or: How To Make Frenemies)

What with all the classic American media fear mongering of how ISIS is going to come to your house this weekend and totally ruin your landscaping and maybe also behead you, it’s easy to lose track of what’s actually rational to worry about. With 100% honesty, no Westerners but the specialists, soldiers, and statements involved … Continue reading The Kings, Sheikhs, and Dictators of the Middle East Have United Against ISIS (Or: How To Make Frenemies)

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America Goes to War with the Islamic State (And Once More, It’s All About Oil)

Nobody who has ever seen The Road should be all that horrified by what ISIS has done. When you’re in a post-acocalyptic nightmare land, you’ll grasp onto whatever straws of order you can get. So it is with the Sunnis of Iraq and Syria, who have now turned to a devil they don’t fully understand … Continue reading America Goes to War with the Islamic State (And Once More, It’s All About Oil)

ISIS Is Going to Change Everything In the Middle East

There was a time not so long ago when it seemed like the Middle East's worst problems were either endless cycles of tit-for-tat violence or mind-numbing stagnation.  In 2010, it was possible to think Ghaddafi was going to die in his bed and that Saudi Arabia was a pretty stable, albeit deeply dull, place. Sure, … Continue reading ISIS Is Going to Change Everything In the Middle East