Monthly Archives : November 2019

Is Iran winning or losing?


There’s an old Jewish joke where a young man walks up to his grandfather and asks him how he’s doing. The grandfather answers, “In a word, good.” “And in two words?” the grandson presses. “Not good,” his grandfather replies. The events of the week call the joke to mind in relation to Iran and its war against Israel and the…

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Al-Baghdadi and Trump’s Syrian Chessboard


US President Donald Trump’s many critics insist he has no idea what he is doing in Syria. The assassination of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend by US Special Forces showed this criticism is misplaced. Trump has a very good idea of what he is doing in Syria, not only regarding ISIS, but regarding the diverse competing actors…

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